The city of Jerusalem was crawling with Roman soldiers. The Nazarene named Jesus had been crucified and His body had been kept in Joseph of Arimathea's tomb, a rich man of powerful influence. Suddenly the city is shaken to its core when the tomb is found empty and a group of Roman guards are dumbstruck by what appears to be a supernatural heist in the middle of the night. To pacify a grumbling mob, politicians prepared to silence the rumors and this "gospel" Jesus' disciples were preaching. Jesus sends His beloved followers back to Jerusalem to await the Holy Spirit and so it happens, with a death sentence upon all their heads, in the upper room of a small house they wait patiently for The Comforter. Acts 2:1-2 "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting."
The Holy Spirit seems like such an evasive character. We sometimes think of Him as smoke and mirrors as He appears and disappears, He comes over people causing them to speak gibberish or dance wildly and all the while the world, in ignorance, laughs and mocks Him. In our attempts to know the Holy Spirit we've summed Him up as a visitor who arrives when we ask and is limited to our prayers of desperation. The advertisement would read as follows:
How dare we minimize the Spirit of God! He introduces Himself to the disciples as a violent wind and then flames of fire. Does that sound like someone to disregard or trifle with? The Holy Spirit is the One to wake up to in gratitude, the One who holds your hand for comfort, the One who convicts you when you're going astray, and the Light in the midnight hour. He's the reason for your strength throughout the day, cries with you when you think you're alone, and laughs with you in joy. The Holy Spirit sharpens your mind with the Word of God, softens your heart to obey its commands, and most importantly makes Jesus more real to you than anything else could.
The Holy Spirit shouldn't be used like a 9-1-1 call, but we should get to know Him as we would a best friend. Walk and talk with Him, allow Him to transform you on a daily basis and those New Year resolutions won't seem so impossible. We need the Holy Spirit in order to know our purpose, to understand the Word of God, to choose a mate to marry, to raise our children and the list goes on and on. Jeremiah 3:33 says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things." Not only does God promise to answer our prayers but through the Holy Spirit He promises to show us things we wouldn't know how to ask for. We need the Holy Spirit and the truth is we CAN'T live our lives without Him.
With the help of The Holy Spirit Jesus' disciples, along with a few others, brought the Gospel to the world and all because they decided to wait on Him in a small house, in an upper room. John 3:34 says, "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." The same Spirit who resurrected Jesus from the dead, who saw to it that the disciples upheld the Great Commission of Christ, the same Spirit of God lives in you. Take Him with you, let Him guide your choices, lead your conversations and take you into deeper levels in God. There's a whole world our there waiting on you to fulfill your purpose and that may seem overwhelming but God gives His Spirit without limit. Live this year, 2019, the way God intended you to. Limitless!