THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Scripture Reading:  Acts 1:4-5

“And while staying with them He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, ‘You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  (Acts 1:4-5)

While the primary focus of the gospels is the Son of God, the primary focus of the book of Acts is the Holy Spirit.  Actually the book could be named: “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.”  Centuries before, God promised His people that He would pour out His Spirit upon them:  “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants in those days, I will pour out My Spirit” (Joel 2:28-29).  This promise from the Father was soon to be realized.

In the upper room, according to John, Jesus also promised that the Holy Spirit would come.  Jesus told His disciples that it was better for Him to leave so that the Spirit would come (John 16:7).  Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of Truth” because the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).

As Jesus prepared to ascend into heaven, “He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father.”  The disciples obeyed and within a few days they would experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, who empowered them to turn this world upside down.

The really good news is that we do not have to wait for the Spirit to come.  When we were regenerated (born again) by the Spirit, He came to live within us.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (I Corinthians 6:19).  The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, dwells within each of us.  We must learn how to practice His presence and yield to His work inside of us.

O promised Spirit of God, I am so thankful that You dwell within me.  You are always present in my life to guide, to correct, to convict, and to produce Your fruit in me.  Today enable me to practice Your presence and to yield to Your leading.

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