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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Be Filled with the Holy Ghost!

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them, 4 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
- Acts 2:1-4

Today's devotion comes from our Decade of Dominion: 52 Week Devotional.

The Holy Ghost did for the early church what a phone booth did for Clark Kent. There was a transformation!

Consider Peter’s experience. He went from a man filled with fear, who denied his Lord so vehemently that he began to curse and swear, to a man filled with faith, who preached a message of repentance on the day of Pentecost, and thousands came into the kingdom of God. Peter did not turn over a new leaf, or just determine that he would do better. He was distinctively different. There is no way to explain the change that occurred in him, other than it was supernatural.

The infilling of the Holy Ghost was not just for the 120 gathered together on that day of Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It is for every believer who wants to receive power to accomplish God’s will in the earth. Jesus said in Acts 1:8: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

You, too, can receive power to be a witness. A witness tells what he knows. A witness provides evidence that what he has seen and heard is true. And that is exactly what God expects us to do in our lives—to be a witness of what we have seen and heard. What we have seen, and what we have heard, and what we know to be true is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He is living and life-giving. Our testimonies and transformed lives should give abundant evidence of this truth.

Many believers have never embraced the fullness of the Holy Ghost and His purpose for filling them. He wants His work to be accomplished throughout the earth—first in you, and then through you. Being filled with the Holy Ghost is not the final accomplishment of a Christian—reserved as a reward for only those who have received some secret key to right living. Being Spirit-filled is the starting line for the Spirit-empowered life.

When you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you are empowered for the task at hand – to be His witnesses, in word and deed, bringing in a great harvest of souls to the Kingdom. I want to challenge you – do not settle for past experiences and encounters, but seek to be continuously filled with the Holy Ghost, so that you can do great things for God.

The testimonies of what God did years ago can be inspiring, but they are not enough to meet the current need of the church and the culture. To make a lasting difference in the world around you, it will require a fresh and continual outpouring of the Holy Ghost in Pentecostal power!

Further Reading

  • Acts 2:1-4
  • Acts 1:8
  • Joel 2:28

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