Receive the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has always been involved in the lives of people, even from the very beginning of our history. He was involved in creation (Genesis 1:2); Pharaoh discerned the Holy Spirit in Joseph’s life (Genesis 41:38); God filled certain people with the Holy Spirit to do skilled work for the tabernacle (Exodus 31:3); prophets had the Holy Spirit in their lives, so did king David and others in the Old Testament.

All through the book of Acts we see the Holy Spirit in action, working through ordinary people to accomplish the purposes of God. Some people rightly call the book of Acts the Acts of the Holy Spirit, because without Him they would never have been able to do what they did.

As Jesus prepared His disciples for His death and departure, He introduced to them the Holy Spirit who would come to take His place among them. They became attached to Him as they walked with Him for three years; they heard Him speak, were touched by His grace, and saw Him doing the impossible. But, He said that He would not leave them as orphans; there would be a Helper, a replacement for Him to carry on with the work that He did on earth.

Where the Holy Spirit is welcome at all times, He is able to raise lives to heights beyond the limits of the mind, and accomplish the will of God through ordinary people.