Wednesday 16th October, 2019
Theme: They Were Filled
Passage: Acts 2: 1 – 11
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. 2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. 6 When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. 7 In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! 8 How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? 9 We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, 10 from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, 11 both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!”
In the Old Testament, we find the Holy Spirit upon and within certain key people. These people seemed to be the exceptions rather than the rule. However, God predicted, through His prophets, that a new day would come.
Exactly fifty days after the resurrection of Christ, the promises made concerning the coming of the Spirit were fulfilled. The Holy Spirit came to a company of disciples waiting in Jerusalem. This was the commencement of an entirely new work of the Spirit as foretold by the prophets.
There were several evidences that the Spirit had come to them: (1) Wind from Heaven, (2) Flame of fire, (3) Speaking in other tongues. There were 120 disciples in the Upper Room at that time. We are clearly told from today’s text that they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and ALL began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them the word to say (Acts 2: 4).
Apart from speaking with new tongues, the disciples were also empowered to witness boldly for Christ. Being filled with the Holy Spirit also empowers our prayer life (Jude 20,) inspires praise and worship to God (Acts 2: 11, 10: 46,), and also helps Christians to produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22, 23) and manifests Spiritual gifts (1Cor.12:4-6); Rom.12:6-8). God is still willing to fill His people with the Holy Spirit on certain conditions.
The first condition necessary for the baptism in the Holy Spirit is that you must have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour (be born again). If you are a child of God, then you can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The second requirement is that you must deeply desire and ask for this blessing in faith. Jesus expressed it this way: “If any man THIRST let him come unto Me and drink” (John 7: 37). Are you thirsty for the Holy Spirit? If you are, then come to Jesus and drink.
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 2:4. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
HYMN: MHB 274 – LORD, we believe to us and ours
PRAYER: Father, I dedicate my life to You; empower me by Your Holy Spirit to witness and do exploits for You, in Jesus’ name.
READ: Day -John 3; Night -Amos 5-9
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