Message from the Pastor's Desk
Read Acts 2: 1-13
Before you read any further, find a piece of paper and have a pencil handy. I have a little quiz for you. Are you ready?
- Pick a number between 1 and 10 and write it down.
- Multiply your number by 9.
- If you have a number with two digits, add the first and second digits together.
- Subtract 5.
- Pick the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to your number. Example: A is 1, B is 2, and so on.
- Think of a country in the world that begins with that letter.
- Take the next letter in the alphabet and think of an animal that begins with that letter.
O.K. now let's see what you’ve come up with. Do you think I can guess your answers? Well, here goes. Your answers are Denmark and elephant. Was I right? If I'm correct, there's no need to tell me. If, however, I am incorrect, please let me know. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
Before His ascension Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem till the Holy Spirit came to empower them. The disciples obeyed the Lord and waited. Pentecost Day arrived, (Dr. Luke describes the event in the passage you just read from Acts chapter 2: 1-13), and the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit's presence and power. Throughout the remainder of the book of Acts we see the Holy Spirit's remarkable enabling power reaching people for Christ.
The disciples were expecting the Spirit to arrive. Jesus told them He would and the disciples knew Jesus would be true to His word so they awaited the fulfillment of Jesus' promise. They were, however, astonished by the miraculous power they received and the things they were able to do in His strength.
The Spirit's presence accomplishes many unexpected and remarkable things in the lives of those who are yielded to His presence and power. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity sent to accomplish God's purpose and will in the world. As we are surrendered to Him; as He takes up residence inside of us, we too shall be as surprised as the early followers of Jesus were, by His presence and power. THIS EMPOWERMENT WON'T BE LIKE A SURPRISING LITTLE GAME. HIS PRESENCE WILL TRANSFORM US AND WORK THROUGH US TO CHANGE OUR WORLD FOR THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST.
Are you surrendered to the Holy Spirit? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to rule and guide your life? As you yield you'll be amazed at what He'll accomplish through you.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor George Kaden