Wednesday Word 6.6.2018

Acts 2:14-21 New International Version

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

The Holy Spirit is not discriminatory. The Spirit is not selective. The Spirit is here and now and actively seeking you. You and every other soul on the planet. If doesn’t matter if you are young or old, rich or poor, man or woman. The Spirit is out to get you. God told Joel he would “pour out my Spirit.” God didn’t say he would dole out little dribs and drabs. He said pour. Why don’t we get it?

What lies between you and God? What gets in the way and blocks you from the guidance and encouragement of the Holy Spirit? What causes you to ignore the self-awareness and corrective measures the Spirit can lead us to find? When Jesus sacrificed himself for us, the curtain was torn and, for the first time since The Garden, direct access was given to all who would seek it. Do we seek it? Not only when we need something, but always?

The scripture says we will “prophesy.” That doesn’t mean we will be able to foretell the future. Merriam-Webster tells us that it means we will speak as though we were divinely inspired or we will be encouraging in matters of faith. God wants his people not only to thrive in his love and live their very best lives, he wants us to share that love. He has sent the Holy Spirit – his spirit – to help us. Not only to help us with our own individual spiritual journey, but to help others learn about his love. We should lift up our gratitude and never stop asking for that help…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki