Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Acts, chapter 2 revisited

The power of the Holy Spirit is amazing. I know this because of two things. First, I have felt it work in my life, allowing me to accomplish great things. Second, I haven’t felt it in some time. As a result, my life has felt purposeless and bereft of any direction to go in. It is a hard feeling to live with.

In Acts 2 we see the most significant even that the disciples were witness to since the Crucifixion. Though they had replaced Judas and done some minor administrative housekeeping duties in chapter 1, it is here in chapter two that their ministry truly begins, as they receive the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:1-4

This is some powerful stuff. We see later in the chapter that they added 3,000 tot heir number based on Peter’s teaching this day. This is also the first time we truly see Peter taking the leadership role that Jesus had planned for him. If we receive the strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives, suddenly everything becomes clear. Anything also becomes possible at that point.

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