The world was turning upside down. There had been a disturbance; a commotion. Everyone was amazed and bewildered because they had never seen something like this before. Jesus’ disciples had flooded out into the streets and were declaring the goodness and glory of God — not in their own language, but in multiple languages. They had boldness, conviction and spoke of repentance, forgiveness and this gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the Hebrew people, the Day of Pentecost was a celebration of “the giving of the law” to Moses, which enabled the Israelites to be God’s people. This was a time for great feasts and joyful gatherings. Amidst the celebrations in Jerusalem that day, there was a disruption at a house where the disciples of Jesus were assembled in an upper room, awaiting the promised gift of God. The Apostle Luke tells us that the disciples encountered the sound of a strong, rushing wind that filled the entire room and that they saw what appeared to be flames, resting on each person’s head. The spiritual world had come crashing into the earthly world.
Although the stories in Acts 2 were long ago, the Holy Spirit is still at work in the earth today and has the power to transform your world. Jesus taught us to pray for God’s kingdom to come “on earth as it is in heaven.” Throughout the story of Jesus and the early church, it is apparent that God’s intention is for the earthly world to meet and merge with the spiritual world, and the invitation stands for us as believers to not only know God, but to be filled with and empowered by His Spirit.
The fresh wind of the Holy Spirit is available to us all and it will certainly turn the world upside down.
Reflection & Application:
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift for everyone called by the Lord (Acts 2:39). The Holy Spirit is calling out to you. God wants to do a new thing in your world today. Would you open your heart to His Holy Spirit? If you want to receive for the first time or receive a fresh wind, pause for a moment, reflect on His Word, “I will pour out my Spirit.” Pray this prayer.
Father God, thank you for sending Your Spirit to be with me. Holy Spirit, I need your wind to blow in my life right now. Please fill me. Transform my life and empower me to do God’s work today and every day. Please give me courage and boldness to tell others of your goodness. Give me vision for my life today. In the name of Jesus, amen!
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Luke 11:2 (NKJV)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:38 (NIV)