October 13, 2018: SOAP #3236:   Nehemiah 9-10; Acts 2 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 2:1 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 […]

October 13, 2018: SOAP #3236:   Nehemiah 9-10; Acts 2

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 2:1 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.

Observation:   In Exodus 40, the glory of God descended on Moses Tabernacle in the wilderness.   And in 1Kings 8, the glory of God so filled Solomon's Temple that the priests could not stand to do their ministry.   But this was different!   They were not standing in worship; they were sitting!     They were not at the temple; they were in a house!

God had not called them to gather at the temple, but their encounter with God that day changed the world!   God was breaking out of the temple.   He was breaking out of the Jewish religion.   He was expanding beyond the boundaries of Judah and Israel.   The Holy Spirit was taking Jesus to the world!   He is not willing that any should perish.

Application: What a difference!   We do not have to go to a special place where God is.   He comes to where we are!   When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, I can enjoy His presence in my home, at my work place, at school, wherever I meet another believer, walking from the bus barn to the school bus I drive, driving the bus down country roadsjust wherever I am, He is there!

He is the same Holy Spirit that was present in Genesis 1:2; the same Holy Spirit that moved on Old Testament prophets, the same Holy Spirit that descended on Jesus at His water baptism, the same Holy Spirit that descended on the Day of Pentecost"Yes, that same Holy Spirit is with me!

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, help me to properly appreciate your presence in my life wherever I am!  Anoint me to take Jesus to my world!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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