Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after his resurrection. During that time he appeared several times to his followers, giving them instructions and saying, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Waiting can be difficult. Behind closed doors, praying, recalling the words of Jesus and waiting for the gift of the Spirit…for ten days. God is up to something!
Baptized with the Holy Spirit
“Prayer is not logical; it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit” – Oswald Chambers
The word ‘baptized’ means to immerse, to cover, to saturate, and to bury. To be baptized with the Holy Spirit is to be totally surrounded, saturated, and covered with the Holy Spirit. A person who is saturated knows they are wet; someone immersed in the Holy Spirit knows it.
John the Baptist said that the Messiah would carry out this baptism. Following His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to wait until they had received this gift.
What prayer are you praying as you wait? Is it to be immersed in the Holy Spirit?
Acceptance – Sonship
“Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh… Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.” – A.W. Tozer
The Holy Spirit not only confirms Jesus’s Sonship, but also ours as well. In ancient times, all the blessing was conferred on the eldest son. In Christ, that blessing has come to all. The confidence that comes when the Holy Spirit bears witness within us that we are children of God, is a very precious gift. The greatest cure for insecurity and anxiety is knowing that you are a child of God and special to Him. If your confidence is weak, seek the Holy Spirit. If you’re feeling insecure or anxious, seek the Holy Spirit.
We don’t strive for acceptance; we receive it with thankfulness. Make your prayer one of thanksgiving.
The Holy Spirit Reveals
“All outward means of grace, if separate from the spirit of God, cannot profit, or conduce, in any degree, either to the knowledge or love of God. All outward things, unless he works in them and by them, are in vain.” – John Wesley
The Holy Spirit is the great leveler. It’s not about how smart we are, how tough we are, how many resources we have, where we live, how many courses we’ve done, our age, gender, or experience. It is about the Holy Spirit’s gracious will to reveal to us a gift: His wondrous revelation of who Jesus is, what He said, what He has done, what He promises and what this all means. The Holy Spirit reveals and teaches us the wonders and wisdom of God.
Ask God to give you the Spirit who reveals.
The Holy Spirit is Promised
“The true spirit of prayer is no other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer.” – Jonathan Edwards
The Holy Spirit always comes when we ask Him. The request is not a request we have to wonder whether it will be answered. It is a promised certainty. The waiting is not a denial of the Father’s provision or a teasing to induce our perfection. It is an opportunity to develop our trusting expectation, like a child anticipating Christmas.
Don’t dwell on your faults but on the Father’s delight to give you the Spirit.
Repentance from Sin & Faith towards God
“The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God, give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!” – A.B. SIMPSON
The Holy Spirit is Holy. Only that which is declared righteous in the eyes of God can be considered holy before Him. Our righteousness is not of ourselves, but we who are in Christ are declared righteous through His work on the cross. As we turn from sin in repentance, we also turn to Jesus Christ in faith, knowing we are saved by grace through faith. It is both the repentance from sin and faith towards God through the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ, that we are positioned to receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. Without both repentance and faith, we are not able to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Is there room for any necessary repentance and renewed faith in your heart?
The Anointing of the Holy Spirit Gets Things Done
“He is intangible and invisible. But His work is more powerful than the most ferocious wind. The Spirit brings order out of chaos and beauty out of ugliness. He can transform a sin-blistered man into a paragon of virtue. The Spirit changes people. The Author of life is also the Transformer of life.” – R. C. Sproul
With God, all things are possible. Without God, it is just plain hard work—an incredible grind and worse, impossible. At times we forget this simple fact. Even when we pray, we can pray in our own efforts, with no awareness or dependence on the Holy Spirit. Every time we place a concept, a method, or a teaching above the person of the Holy Spirit, we begin to walk according to the flesh. Even Jesus, fully man but fully God, did all His miracles under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Is there a part of your life that you’re trying to succeed in without the Holy Spirit?
Speaking in Tongues: a Sign of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
“I can say, through the power of the Spirit, that wherever God can get a people that will come together in one accord and one mind in the Word of God, the baptism of the Holy Ghost will fall upon them, like as at Cornelius’ house.” – William J. Seymour
As the early church advanced into new areas, God always produced obvious signs of the kingdom of God. The presence of the Holy Spirit was seen and heard, and is today still the agent that advances the gospel. The pattern of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is clearly evident in several passages as it is in this: that pattern is as relevant for us today as it was in the book of Acts. It is clear and powerful evidence that God’s kingdom is advancing.
Have you received the gift of tongues? If so, are you using that gift often in prayer?
The Power Has a Purpose
“The Church is the Body of Christ, and the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. He fills the Body, directs its movements, controls its members, inspires its wisdom, and supplies its strength. He guides into truth, sanctifies its agents, and empowers for witnessing. The Spirit has never abdicated His authority nor relegated His power.” – Samuel Chadwick
Without a purpose people lose their way. Everyone needs a sense of meaning and direction. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just anoint so that we have a ‘feel good’ experience. The Holy Spirit has something more profound and permanent for us. The Holy Spirit draws us into a partnership with the trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Incredible! God gives us the opportunity to represent Him—to extend His kingdom. Interestingly, when any machine is operated according to the purpose for which it was made, it always runs smoothly. When we operate under the anointing of the Holy Spirit we can’t help but do what we were created to do—know God and make Him known, through worship and witness.
For what purpose are you seeking God’s power today?
The Spirit Shakes Things Up
“Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit; therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power.” – Charles Hodge
It is common to forget that the Holy Spirit we are baptized in, is the same Holy Spirit who hovered over the earth in creation, and is the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave. The Holy Spirit creates and recreates. That is a lot of power. Can you imagine plugging to that kind of power source? No wonder things shake from time to time. Let’s not limit our belief in what the Holy Spirit can do.
Have you placed limitations on what the Spirit can do and with whom?
The Day of Pentecost is Not a One-Time Only Event
“The power of the Holy Spirit is completely opposite to the world’s power. The power of the Holy Spirit gives God’s children the ability to serve His purpose for our lives. The Holy Spirit’s power is unlike any other in the world. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can transform us, relieve our guilt, and heal our souls.” – Michael Yousseff
The waiting was over. There was a sound, there were signs, and there was power to witness. They received a divine ability to speak to their audience. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts was meant to empower the church to reach everyone to the very ends of the earth. While there are still people to reach, God will empower us and send us. The events of Acts are meant to continue today—He is the same today, and today the great commission still awaits our response.
Do you need to receive a fresh empowering of the Holy Spirit for today and always?