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Celebrating important occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays is a biblical concept. God instructed His people to gather several times a year to commemorate what God had done for them and what matters most in life. Today we do the same without realizing we are following an ancient pattern when we celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas, his death and resurrection at Easter and the promise to fill us empower us with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday.
The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days (7 Sundays) after Easter, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit – Pentecost Sunday.
The apostles and other followers of Jesus were in Jerusalem along with thousands of people who were there celebrating the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot). This was one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals and was a harvest celebration commemorating God’s provision and sustenance of His people.
Jesus had instructed his followers to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.
And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.
Luke 24:49 NLT
God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for all believers.
Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away – all who have been called by the Lord our God.
When you decided to give your life to Christ, to become a Christian, you also received the Holy Spirit.
You know Jesus and you know the Father but do you really know the Holy Spirit or have a relationship with him in your daily life?
- The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
- He is not a mist, a cloud, or a strange feeling.
- He has feelings just like you and me. He can be grieved. He is sensitive and compassionate.
- He is powerful and mighty.
- He is the Spirit of Truth.
- He is the change agent on the earth—God in action in your life and the world.
During these next 50 days (our 7-week reading plan) you will pause and let your mind and spirit sink into The Wonder of the God – the Holy Spirit – Living In You.
- You will become more aware of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
- You will learn who he is and his role in your faith journey.
- You will learn to recognize his nudges and hear his voice.
- I pray you will allow him to take control over more and more areas of your life.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and he will revolutionize your life if you let him.
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