“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from Heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” — Acts 2:1-4 (NLT)
Coasting on Empty
I have a bad habit of driving my car until the fuel gage is near empty. I coast downhill, glide on level roadway and reluctantly drive into the nearest gas station. On two occasions, I have run out of gas. The first time, I was a few feet away from a gas station. The second time, I was not so fortunate. I found out, to my peril, that you cannot coast uphill.
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2)
As Christians, we often try to live our lives, coasting on empty. When we first asked Jesus to come into our hearts, repented of our sins and gave our lives to the Lord, we received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In John 16:7, Jesus tells us, “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t the advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you.” The Holy Spirit (advocate and comforter) guides us in our daily lives.
Inviting His Spirit to Fill Us
What a privilege we have as Christians that we can ask the Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit. Acts 2 recounts what happened on the day of Pentecost. There was a noise that came from Heaven. It sounded like the wind moving around in a very unusual way. The Holy Spirit descended from Heaven and filled all those present in the house.
In addition to the initial indwelling of the Holy Spirit we received when we became Christians, we can receive an additional “filling” of the Holy Spirit, but we have to ask (Acts 2:37-38). Human nature may try to frighten us. Do not let fear rob you of the gift God wants you to receive.
Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit
Romans Chapter 12:6-8 tells us about the various gifts we can receive through the Holy Spirit. These gifts include the gifts of prophesy, service to others, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership and kindness.
Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Do you know Christians who exhibit these gifts or fruits of the Spirit? Through prayer, ask the Lord to make you one of them too.
Dear Lord, ignite us with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our God Hears,