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THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - PART 1

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the invasion of God's Spirit in the lives of His children in order to indwell them, empower them to fulfil their purpose in Christ, and cause them to manifest His glory. It was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.




Reference: Isaiah 44:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 'For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.'



The Holy Spirit is pictured as the 'water of life' that saves and blesses a waning people. And in the above Scripture, God was assuring Israel that He would pour out His Spirit on her offspring. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted this same prophecy as being fulfilled: 'I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days...And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved' (Joel 2:28-29, 32).


The outpouring of the Holy Spirit ushered in a new era, the church age. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was a rare gift that was only given to a few people, and it came upon them, usually for only short periods of time. When Saul was anointed king of Israel, the Holy Spirit came upon him (1 Samuel 10:10), but when God removed His blessing on Saul, the Holy Spirit left him (1 Samuel 16:14). The Holy Spirit came for specific moments or seasons in the lives of Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), and Samson (Judges 13:25; 14:6) as well, to enable them to do His will and serve Israel.


Notably, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on all who are in Christ, and He came to reside. This marked a major change in the Holy Spirit's work. Before His arrest, Jesus had promised to send His disciples the Holy Spirit (see John 14:15-17). The Spirit 'lives with you and will be in you,' Jesus said (John 14:17). This was a prophecy of the indwelling of the Spirit, another distinctive flavour of the church age.


The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 2, marked the fulfillment of Jesus' words too, as the Holy Spirit came upon all the Christians in a powerful, visible (and audible) way. Luke records the event: 'Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them' (Acts 2:2-4). Immediately, the Spirit-filled Christians boldly went into the streets of Jerusalem and began to preach Christ. Three thousand people were saved and baptized that day; then the church began (see verse 41).


The outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon humanity was the inauguration of the New Covenant, which had been ratified by Jesus' blood (Luke 22:20 NIV). According to the terms of the New Covenant, every born again Christian is given the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). Ever since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has baptized everyone that believes, into Christ at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 12:13), as He comes to permanently dwell in God's children.


Golden News today: As a born again Christian, learn to walk and cooperate with the precious Holy Spirit, so you can take advantage of His presence in your life to accomplish your divine purpose and succeed in all you do.


Scripture Reading - Psalm 107:35; Isaiah 32:15; Acts 2:39; Philippians 4:13.


Exuberant Declaration: The outpouring and presence of the Spirit of God in my life makes my life fruitful and fertile. He is the unique person at work in me and His power and influence cause me to become sensitive to the spiritual things of God and observe His Word, thereby turning everything I get involved in, into success, enabling me to live victorious life, and empowering me to live for Christ in righteousness. Glory to God!


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