I hope all who are participating in our October Fast are finding this month’s fast less challenging than the previous months. And that you are starting to reap the spiritual benefits of committing yourself to a regular monthly spiritual fast.
With that being said, today, we are going to focus our attention on one of the scriptural readings we were assigned during our 3-day corporate fast – Acts chapter 2.
The book of Acts is powerful for many different reasons. One reason is what it reveals and explains to us about the acts or workings of Holy Spirit. Before discussing this, we need to go back to something Jesus said at John chapter 14, verses 16 and 26.
Jesus understood the strong connection His disciples had for Him and the emotional difficulty that would occur among them after His ascension to heaven. (Compare to John 13:33, 36-37). So, Jesus understood the magnitude of having an appropriate substitute for Him once He leave His disciples. This is where the book of Acts comes in to explain to Bible readers the significant role Holy Spirit will play in the Body of Christ's spiritual growth, as well as, in the lives of individual members. The book of Acts shows us how the baptism with Holy Spirit will empower Believers with the ability to pray in the Spirit of GOD (that is speaking in tongues) and to operate fully in the gifts of the Spirit. (Compare to 1 Corinthians 14:2; 1 Corinthians chapter 12). The book of Acts also validates that Holy Spirit is the rightful substitute for Jesus our Messiah to help the Body of Christ and its members to recall and apply all the things Christ had spoken to them through His Word. (Compare to John 14:26).
holy spirit at work
This leads us to our focus today during our October corporate fast – Acts chapter 2. There are many different things we can pull from this one chapter. But for this TALKING POINT, I want to focus our attention on one verse. Verse number 2. It reads.
The part of this verse that caught my attention is “… it filled the whole house….” We see in this text of Scripture, the first important thing we must note is that Jesus’ disciples were all in the place in which Christ told them to be. (See Acts 1:4).
As Jesus’ disciples all gathered together there in Jerusalem in the Upper Room. In one accord, they all prayed and supplicated together, while waiting for further instructions from their Messiah concerning what they needed to do next as a Body. As they wait, the entire Body of Christ did not expect what occurred next. This mighty rushing wind, that is, Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD, filled the room. When it filled the room, every member that was present was filled by GOD’s Spirit. HIS Spirit was so grand that it filled the entire Upper Room. The entire house was engulfed by GOD’s presence.
It is this Spirit that Acts 4:1 speaks about that all Christians will need
The book of Acts truly helps us to see that the operation of Holy Spirit is very much alive today in the lives of Christians. That is, for those who are willing to receive Holy Spirit as Christ instructed and prepared His disciples for. So, the question we all should ask ourselves is this. Are we fully allowing the One Jesus had promised will fill His place as His authorized representative until His return, to completely operate in all our Christian activities, especially our ministry and evangelizing Kingdom work? If we have not, then we have not as of yet, position ourselves to be in the place GOD has called us. We are not fully receiving the instruction, direction, and guidance we need from Christ to complete everything He is calling us to do in this season. We have to be mindful of what Christ told us through His Word.
So, I asked you again. Have you accepted as well as received the “Promised” of GOD’s Spirit, that is Holy Spirit, as Jesus has promised all His faithful servants?
This blog is really not about me, but more about my Father and our relationship. How we interact with one another and my response to His prompting. To be honest, at the moment, I do not know what to expect from this blog. I have no idea how personal I will get, what exactly I will share, and how often I will do it. But one thing is for certain. I will share what God places on my heart to share.