The Work of the Holy Spirit
“No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:16-18 NLT
The Holy Spirit has been poured out on the Day of Pentecost. Because this has never happened before, there is confusion about what is going on. Some think the followers of Jesus are drunk because of their ecstatic joy and worship in unknown tongues. Peter stands up to give clarity to the moment.
I believe we need men and women who can give clarity to the moving of the Holy Spirit. People who know what God is doing and can explain His actions to others.
It is interesting that Peter took a passage from the Old Testament to explain the present moment. God’s Word is always our source for understanding. I believe the Holy Spirit can reveal scripture to us at the moment of need to give clarity.
It is interesting that Joel’s prophecy included “sons and daughters,” “young men” and “old men,” and “men and women.” In the Jewish society, women were not included as having much of a place in worship. Yet, with the outpouring of the Spirit, women were equal recipients with men.
Visions were normally given to old men and dreams to young men—but the coming of the Holy Spirit in fullness changed things. Old men were given fresh dreams—they had new inspiration and thoughts for their lifetime. Young men were given visions—which would be revelations of future events normally beyond one’s earthly lifetime.
The Holy Spirit wants to work in each and every life. Anyone who opens themselves to the fullness of the Spirit can have a fresh revelation of God’s desires and plans.
Holy Spirit, I want You to be released afresh and new in my life. I want You working in and through me.
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