We cannot do without the Holy Spirit
Text: Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:1-4
Key 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.” (KJV)
This is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. We cannot do anything of value, worth, anything that is worthy of being referred to, anything of substance, anything that will last and anything that will bring glory to God without the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Has been there from the very beginning, because the triune God did not separate Himself at the beginning (John 1:1). For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one (1 John 5:7).
The infilling of the Holy Spirit, as it was on the day of Pentecost is still happening today, and will continue to happen. Everyone who receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour is a candidate for Holy Spirit Baptism. Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they are filled in the Holy Spirit and endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4).
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples, together with many people that returned to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost, had an unusual experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Holy Spirit gave them the utterance (Acts 2:4). The utterance was not self-manufactured, but the utterance came from the Holy Spirit Himself whom they have been waiting for in those days leading to the day of that great feast. The Church was birthed on that day of Pentecost.
As a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples of Jesus were empowered for service. Apostle Peter preached Christ under the power of the Holy Spirit to the people who were gathered at Jerusalem. They were pricked in their hearts and repented from their sins (Acts 2:37-38). On that day, 3,000 souls were converted to Christ (Acts 2:41).
The Holy Spirit empowers you to do greater works for Christ. There would be no world evangelisation, no world missions, if it were not for the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. It was through the power of the Holy Spirit that the apostles were scattered abroad and went everywhere, preaching that Jesus saves, even in the midst of great persecution (Acts 8:4).
The Holy Spirit sanctifies you. After salvation, the Holy Spirit goes on transforming you into a holy person, set apart for God in purity and useful for His purposes (2 Thessalonians 2:13). As you allow the Holy Spirit to continue His work in your life, you will be conformed into the image of Christ.
The Holy Spirit fills you with joy and power for boldness in witness to Christ. The Holy Spirit filled the apostles with such boldness that as they preached Christ, the Word of God increased, the number of disciples multiplied greatly, and there was a great company of priests that were obedient to the faith (Acts 6:7). Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Stephen did great wonders and miracles among the people (Acts 6:8). It was through the power of the Holy Spirit that Philip, on reaching Samaria, won many souls for Christ, healed the sick and performed so many miracles that even unclean spirits crying with loud voice came out of many that were possessed with them (Acts 8:6-7).
The gift of the Holy Spirit is for you, but more importantly is the salvation of your soul. Give your life to Jesus today, and He will also give you the Holy Spirit.
Today’s Nugget: This is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord give me the Holy Spirit.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, Ag.General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.