“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-5) “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (prophecy recalled in Acts 2:17)
” ‘Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:39-39)
Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, a day that marks the end of Easter season when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Red, orange and yellow colors are displayed and/or worn in service to symbolize power and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
What is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity (which includes the Father and Son) and is God at work in our lives. Jesus said he would give us “rivers of living water”; The Holy Spirit gives us life (living water) to live out our Christian faith. According to Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts, “Christians are meant to live in the presence and power of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit helps us to confess Jesus as Lord (1 Cor 12:3), empowers us to serve God with supernatural power (1 Cor 12:4-11), binds us together as the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-13), helps us to pray (Rom 8:26), and even intercedes for us with God the Father (Rom 8:27). The Spirit guides us (Gal 5:25), helping us to live like Jesus (Gal 5:22-23).”
How does the Holy Spirit move through your life? What gifts are given to you from the Holy Spirit? Are you relying on the power of God’s spirit?