3. John 7:37-39
The river (flood) of living water referring to the Holy Spirit that should flow out of believers who receive that gift.
John 14:16-20, 26 Jesus promised to ask the Father to give us the Spirit of Truth.
- His role is to be with us continually.
- He will be another Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby.
- He will represent Jesus and act on His behalf.
- He will teach us all things.
- He will remind us of everything Jesus said.
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John 15:26-27 The Helper, the Spirit of Truth, will testify and bear witness about Jesus. He said His disciples would also testify and be His witnesses because they had been with Him from the beginning.
It must have been hard to imagine how Jesus’ leaving could be better. But Jesus in human form couldn’t physically be with every disciple much less every believer at all times. The Holy Spirit could.
They didn’t fully understand who Jesus was until the Holy Spirit came and revealed it to them. Jesus also promised the Spirit would show them things to come.
The disciples knew Jesus made it to the Father because the Holy Spirit arrived as He promised. Jesus said wait together and pray until it happens.
On my visit to Israel, I stood in what they claim to be that upper room. I can only imagine what it was like to be there on that day.
There they were, on the day of Pentecost — waiting together in that upper room. Their emotions must have been all over the place.
Tormented by the crucifixion, devastated by Jesus’ death, afraid of the Jews, elated by His resurrection and anticipating the promised Holy Spirit.
Then suddenly a sound came from heaven.
It sounded like a rushing violent wind.
It filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Something resembling tongues of fire were being distributed among them.
They rested on each one of them as each person received the Holy Spirit.
They were all filled [diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit.
They began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out.
Before and After
Before Pentecost, many of those present in Jerusalem were Jews by birth or converts to Judaism. Others were Cretans and Arabs.
Everyone heard Peter and the other believers declaring the wonder of God in their own language.
After Pentecost, although some made fun of them — accusing them of being drunk — 3000 believed that Jesus was the Messiah.
Peter went from denying Christ, to boldly proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah.
4. Acts 2:17-21
In Peter’s teaching, he tells the crowd this is that — fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel.
God will pour out His Spirit on ALL FLESH. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- Not only Moses.
- Not only the current high priest.
- Not only designated prophets.
- Not only Israelites, or Jews, or converts to Judaism.
- Male AND female.
- Young and old.
- Slaves and free.
Outcome: Everyone can and should prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams like Peter.
Then there will be more drama in the heavens and on the earth.
The power of the Holy Spirit transforms and uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise.
I’m one of those weak things.
I’m an introvert. I used to be very timid and nervous. Too nervous to talk to almost anyone.
I’m still an introvert, but not timid or nervous. I still don’t know how to talk to a stranger. (I lack the gift of chit chat. If you have that gift, I so admire you.)
Until the Holy Spirit gives me a mission. Then I become bold to the point of being almost oblivious to anything else.
The Holy Spirit also speaks to me in dreams and visions.
Acts 2:17 Acts 2:21
Update: The verse should have been Acts 2:21. Our group leader said there was a typo.
“And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21
My answer still applies.
- Maybe a blog? Nah, that wouldn’t work. ;-)
- How about with my grandchildren? I usually can’t tell if they are listening or if it helps. Sometimes little conversations shock me. One grandson told me he has been seeing angels since he was a toddler. Whenever he makes a conscious effort to look for them, he sees them.
- How about Travis who gave us an estimate to take down a tree?
- Or strangers and acquaintances in the mall or grocery store?
- Or friends on Facebook?
- Or the giant-sized, nervous young man sitting next to me at a church we visited in August? He was bouncing his legs so hard, the entire pew shook.
First the Lord said, “offer him gum.” I did, and he turned it down. As I prayed for him silently, I tried to figure out how I could talk to him afterward. As soon as the service was over he quickly walked to the end of the pew. He still seemed nervous.
As I tried to figure out what to do, he walked toward the front of the sanctuary, looked around, turned around and made a beeline for the parking lot.
I immediately thought, “I can’t let him leave like this.” So I thrust my purse in my husband’s hands and trotted out making my way through the crowd in the lobby and into the parking lot.
John-Michael wasn’t difficult to spot. I caught up with him. The next few minutes are a blur. I learned he was looking for the pastor. I led him back inside and asked around. No one knew where he was.
Again, I knew I couldn’t let him leave like this. So I asked him how I could help. “What do you want from the pastor?”
“I want him to pray for my heart.”
When asked, he said his heart problem wasn’t physical. It was spiritual. We asked Jesus right then and there to come into his heart and make it new.
In the middle of the chaos of the crowded church lobby, I laid my hand on the giant’s heart and prayed for him.
When I opened my mouth, I had no clue how to pray or what was going to come out. But the Holy Spirit did. I vaguely remember some of it.
After stuttering for a bit, I felt the power of God surging through me and through my hand. The words flowed.
Afterward, he asked me some questions. He asked if I was praying in Hebrew. I didn’t have a clue what language it was. Maybe of angels? The sign and wonder fascinated him.
Although he didn’t mention it, he probably wondered about this crazy little old lady who hugged him as hard as she could.
I’m so thankful he left smiling and not shaking the dust off of his feet.
Why me, out of all the people in that packed sanctuary?
If we are willing, you never know when a bass player with long hair wearing a dirty T-shirt will wander in late (awakened and compelled by the Holy Spirit, no doubt), climb over several people and sit by YOU.
YOU being someone who decided at the last-minute to attend that church, that morning, for no particular reason.
Out of all the people I’ve prayed with at the altar or elsewhere, John-Michael and Travis touched my heart the most deeply. Thinking about them still brings tears to my eyes.