“And when the day of Pentecost was 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 all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”. Acts 2:1-4
What an unforgettable experience it must have been, to actually have been present on the Day of Pentecost, and to witness believers as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of us think that access to that kind of power is not possible for us today. In fact, sometimes we feel our faith becoming dry and lifeless, as if all of the spiritual energy we once had for service to God has left us. Yet, the Holy Spirit is still available to us today just as He always has been, waiting for us to ask for His presence and power. There are great examples given to us throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.
One story that comes to my mind is with the Old Testament prophet in Ezekiel 37:1-14, who was given a vision where the Lord instructed him to prophesy to a valley full of bones.
“So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them”. (Ezekiel 37:7-8)
So the bones came together, but they had no life, they were dry, brittle bones. The same is true for us when we try to do anything for our Lord in our own power without the Holy Spirit’s power enabling us; we have no life in us either.
“Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army”. (Ezekiel 37:9)
The Bible many times uses the words “wind” or “breath” to show the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is this breath of God, His Holy Spirit that comes upon us, and into us; He empowers us for His service. The key for us to receive this power is obedience. In verse 10, Ezekiel says, “So I prophesied as he commanded me.” In other words, Ezekiel obeyed God. In Acts 1:12, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem and waited in the upper room just as Jesus had commanded (Acts 1:4). We can see here that the disciples were obedient as well.
If you are feeling spiritually dry, or maybe you’re just going through the motions of your Christian life without any significant purpose or direction, then it’s time to ask God through, His Spirit, to show you in what area of your life you need to obey. Ask God’s Holy Spirit to fill you as you are obedient and empowered to serve Him.
Something to consider on this beautiful day!
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,