FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! …And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
Acts 2:7-8, 11 (NLT2)
GOD IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Gordon Brownville’s Symbols of the Holy Spirit tells about the great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to discover the magnetic meridian of the North Pole and to discover the South Pole. On one of his trips, Amundsen took a homing pigeon with him. When he had finally reached the top of the world, he opened the bird’s cage and set it free. Imagine the delight of Amundsen’s wife, back in Norway, when she looked up from the doorway of her home and saw the pigeon circling in the sky above. No doubt she exclaimed, “He’s alive! My husband is still alive!”
So it was when Jesus ascended. He was gone, but the disciples clung to his promise to send them the Holy Spirit. What joy, then, when the dovelike Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost. The disciples had with them the continual reminder that Jesus was alive and victorious at the right of the Father. This continues to be the Spirit’s message. (Thomas Lindberg)
The work of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost announced to the world that Jesus was very much alive and at work around the world. The Spirit of God was preparing the nations for the birth of the New Testament church.
D.L. Moody is reported to have said, “You might as well try to see without eyes, hear without ears, or breathe without lungs, as to try to live the Christian life without the Holy Spirit.” What areas of your life are you trying to build without the Holy Spirit’s leadership? Slow down and wait for Him.
You are what you are by the grace of God. Thank Him for the areas where the Holy Spirit is growing and building you. Ask God to continue to grow our church by the power of the Holy Spirit.