At Elevate, we’ve been studying the Holy Spirit’s role in prayer and in our lives. Prior to God sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, you can read through the Scriptures and find people experienced God in a couple of ways that were personal:
1) God is for us: This knowledge gives us strength and courage.
2) God is with us: This gives us comfort.
But when Christ ascended, He promised us a Helper who would not merely be on our side or be near us – He would be in us.
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27
When the Holy Spirit came, He blew the lid off of humanity’s understanding of experiencing God.
3) God is in us: Gives us confidence and power.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance….Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?” Acts 2:1-4, 7
The Holy Spirit in us empowers us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. He doesn’t come upon us and make us do anything – but His anointing gives us a new perspective, insight, compassion, and power over fear.
The believers in the upper room were terrified before the Holy Spirit came. Think about what they were going through – They were the followers of the man Jewish leaders just crucified by Roman hands. They were hiding in one room together. Their hearts were unified with belief and desire to please Christ, but they weren’t equipped for their next steps. They didn’t even know what their next steps were.
Then, the Helper came, and they began to speak boldly – in all different languages – to people who probably wanted them dead. Then they went into all the world – even to people like the Samaritans, whom their kinsmen were prejudiced against. With the Holy Spirit, people do things they wouldn’t normally do.
Has the Spirit affect how you think, act and live lately? If that power isn’t there, it can be! That’s the exciting part. We are called to “be being” filled with the Spirit. It’s a continual process, and He is our help.
Excitement and fervor in the New Testament came from the filling of the Spirit. In other words, passion for God comes from God Himself. Would you consider yourself knit together with God’s Spirit? In your time with God, have you experienced intimacy with Him? The first step in the Spirit-filled life is making time for God.