5.20.2020 Preparing for Pentecost
WORD FOR THE WARRIOR MAY 20, 2020 Preparing for Pentecost!
Anointed song for today:
https://youtu.be/WPyqkFWqwTE Welcome Holy Spirit
On May 31 we celebrate Pentecost—and just as the 120 were told to go to the Upper Room & tarry until the Holy Spirit was given—we have been in a time of tarrying as well. Pentecost is for us too! These next few days we will be focusing on this season of Pentecost—such a joyful time!
Scripture for today: Acts 2:2-4
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The experience of Pentecost is indicated by the words, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…” The experience came to about 120 who were in the upper room, an amazing and a transforming experience. But Lord, is this for us too? You betcha! Listen up….
"How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?" An important verse in understanding the filling of the Holy Spirit is John 14:16, where Jesus promised the Spirit would indwell believers and that the indwelling would be permanent. It is important to distinguish the indwelling from the filling of the Spirit. The permanent indwelling of the Spirit is not for a select few believers, but for all believers. There are a number of references in Scripture that support this conclusion. First, the Holy Spirit is a gift given to all believers in Jesus without exception, and no conditions are placed upon this gift except faith in Christ (John 7:37-39). Second, the Holy Spirit is given at the moment of salvation (Ephesians 1:13). Galatians 3:2 emphasizes this same truth, saying that the sealing and indwelling of the Spirit took place at the time of believing. Third, the Holy Spirit indwells believers permanently. The Holy Spirit is given to believers as a down payment, or verification of their future glorification in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30). This is in contrast to the infilling of the Spirit (Baptism of the Holy Spirit) referred to in many places—which we will explore in depth in the coming 10 days.
Matthew 3:11 - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
We should be so completely yielded to the Holy Spirit that He can possess us fully and, in that sense, fill us. I will be expanding more on this in the coming days!
Romans 8:9 and Ephesians 1:13-14 states that He dwells within every believer, but He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and His activity within us can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19). When we allow this to happen, we do not experience the fullness of the Spirit’s working and His power in and through us.
To be filled with the Spirit implies freedom for Him to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and controlling us. Then His power can be exerted through us so that what we do is fruitful to God. The filling of the Spirit does not apply to outward acts alone; it also applies to the innermost thoughts and motives of our actions.
Psalm 19:14 says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."
You will also receive power & boldness to witness to others. And there’s so much more to follow….
Dear Abba Father, I thank & praise you for sending the Holy Spirit 50 days after Jesus’ Resurrection--& that Pentecost was not only for the 120, but for all true believers ever after! We love you & want more & more & more of YOU! In Jesus’ Name we ask in faith believing for this wonderful gift for us today. Amen
Here is a song to continue our prayer time with: https://youtu.be/iHuTFknAFTM Come, Holy Spirit, Fall afresh on Me…