Holy Spirit Comes In, Church Goes Out

Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Verse 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Verse 3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

(Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Verse 5) Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and was confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

And Jesus said in Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit stirred boldness and courage in this baby church to fulfill the great commission. However, He is also stirring curiosity in the people on the streets at the same time. It seems He is preparing one group to share and at the same time preparing another group to receive! He’s preparing one group to speak and preparing another group to listen.

Just as the Holy Spirit prepares some to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, He prepares others to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit does both things at the same time. So as the Holy Spirit prepares His own to speak the gospel, and is preparing the world to listen, what should we do?

The first thing that Jesus tells His disciples about the Holy Spirit is: John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,…”

The first thing Jesus wants us to know about the Holy Spirit is, He will never leave us. He will be with us forever! The Spirit is not there because we feel Him, He’s there because Jesus promised He would be.

When we believe that the Holy Spirit is always with us, we don’t need to wait for a “feeling” to share the gospel with another. The Holy Spirit doesn’t come and go, He’s there forever abiding in the believer.

Do you remember the story of Peter stepping out of the boat and walking on water to meet Jesus? Do you honestly think Peter waited for “goose-bumps” before he stepped out? Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter stepped out of the boat!

The boat represents our area of “security.” We are in full control of that area. At first, Jesus at one time came walking on the water and stepped into Peter’s boat, but further on as Peter began to mature, Jesus says to Peter, “Come.” Step out of the boat, Peter!

Take a new step of faith. We have to get out of our safety zone. How do you not know that the Holy Spirit is preparing someone right now to receive the gospel when you speak?

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