The promise in Acts 2 was that when the Holy Spirit came the disciples of Jesus would have power to be witnesses. Throughout his journeys where ever Paul went that is what he did – he lived as a witness. And He proclaimed the good news of Jesus.
The phrase “lost in the presence of God” evokes a wonderful picture of worship and adoration that helps us to enjoy God to the point where we forget our surroundings and the passage of time.
This is an aspect of prophecy that we may largely be unfamiliar with. That the warning doesn’t always mean a change of direction but a preparation for suffering that will bear fruit that we know not of.
receiving and stewarding the great responsibility of shepherding the people of the Holy Spirit
Being constantly open to and receiving the encouragement of the Spirit is like the ‘alternator’ in a motor vehicle that charges the battery.
The gifts of the Spirit are for the building of the church and empowering our witness in the world.
In today’s text we see the forming of the team of Paul, Aquila and Priscilla.
It’s most important that we retain this balance of the Spirit and Word, that we welcome and be directed by the present and immediate work of the Spirit. And also be a student of the Scriptures who bring our lives in full submission to it.
This is a fascinating account and narrative on how the Holy Spirit stops the mission and in so doing actually leads them where he wants them to go. This gives a wonderful dimension on how we can view life.
In our culture and context we tend toward an authoritarian model where we allow our leaders to decide what’s best for us. The practice that we see through this narrative both here in chapter 15 and 6 shows us the way the Spirit works in people giving unif
It is the primary work of the Spirit in our hearts that includes and marks us as genuine people belonging to God.
The sustaining power of the Spirit in human suffering must be remembered and valued.
Mission is never easy but it is an activity central to the church and dear to the Holy Spirit. Any time spent with Him will result in some mission advance. Perhaps that is the key we have missed.
Just as a seal proved the authenticity of the sender of the letter so the seal of the Spirit proves that we are the real thing.
The Spirit breaks through into the Gentile world. And He wants us to follow Him.
“As Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant, the men sent by Cornelius showed up at Simon’s front door...
“Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. ...
God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. And He wants to do that in you today.
“At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed – he only had eyes for God..
Calloused hearts, flaps on ears and an ignoring of the Holy Spirit spell doom for the follower of Jesus Christ