For the last few days my mind has been occupied with one subject, and that is, God’s Spirit. In the current state of our country, or better yet our world, things just seem gloomy. Seems like sort of a strange time for me to feel so uplifted by the Holy Spirit.. or maybe it’s the perfect time.
I know from the Word that God’s power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) So naturally when I go through trials and tribulations, I know that God is working things out for my good, and that in some way, I will benefit from my hardships. The coronavirus has brought the whole world to heel, and I truly believe God is on the move now more than ever.
In Acts chapter 2, we read about the Holy Spirit making His debut at Pentecost, resting on all the people who were present, causing them to speak in tongues. When other Jews heard the sound of all the different people speaking in one language, many were amazed, perplexed but some made fun and said that those people must have had too much to drink. Peter addresses these people beginning in 2:14, quoting the prophet Joel, v.17 “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. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
Though no one knows the day or time that the church will be taken up to Heaven, I think we should all realize that the ‘last days’ have not ended: we may yet see the sun darkened and the moon turned to blood. I think God’s Spirit is again being poured out into the world.
I will follow up with Romans 8:12-17 NIV “
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
As God’s children, it is our obligation to live according to the Spirit. And as those verses say, the Spirit doesn’t make us slaves, it sets us free. We are not bound by the flesh. We are not slaves to the coronavirus, to panic, to fear, and even quarantine. God’s Spirit is calling His people to move! To spread His love, share His word.
Jesus said it best in Luke 21:34-36
““Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.””