Getting Acquainted With Peter, 8: The Power of the Spirit
- Tuesday, July 06, 2004
The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Care About Our “Earthly Positions”
'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ (2: 17,18)
It’s important to understand the pecking system of the Jewish people in Peter’s day. Sons were of great importance. Daughters were not. Older men were considered wise and learned; young men were not. Masters held the control; servants most assuredly did not.
But, God doesn’t care whether you are male or female, master or slave. What he does care about is that your heart is willing to be opened up, allowing for the pouring out of His Spirit.
Picture this: an exquisitely cut crystal vase stands next to a plastic cup in a garden of flowers. The vase is covered with an equally fine lid while the mouth of the cup forms a perfectly opened O. Someone comes along to fill the vase and the cup with water, but alas the water merely spills over the crystal vase and eventually the pourer stops in his efforts. The cup, however, not only welcomes the water, but as it is filled to the brim, it spills forth the liquid contents for the refreshment of the flowers at its base.
You may be an exquisitely cut crystal vase or you may be a plastic cup someone purchased at Wal-Mart for 88 cents. But if you are not opened to the pour of the Holy Spirit’s “water,” you are useless to Him.
The Holy Spirit Turns Fishermen into Fishers of Men
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (2: 40,41)
Goodness, doesn’t it blow your mind? Peter, the fisherman who could barely catch a fish without the help of the Master (John 21) is now drawing men into the Kingdom of God! And doesn’t it make you want to just run out there and start shouting “Jesus Saves!”
Before you do, however, take a look back with me at what happened before the Holy Spirit gave His power to Peter’s life and the lives of those who were with him. The first chapter of Acts clearly states that before the Holy Spirit poured out Himself out on the early members of Christ’s body, they were devoting themselves to prayer.
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (1:12-14)
In prayer, they were prepared for power. Allow me to say that again: in prayer, they were prepared for power.
Are you seeking the power of the Holy Spirit in your life? Begin by devoting yourself to prayer.
Questions for Personal or Group Study
1. What ability or abilities has the Holy Spirit given to you since you “became a new creation in Christ?”
2. Are you passionate for Christ or are you a quiet believer?
3. Can you think of a time when the Holy Spirit gave logic to what looked to be an illogical situation? Write or talk about it.
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