‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.’ (Acts 2 v17-18)
As I write this, it is the Day of Pentecost. The day when two thousand years ago – after weeks of hiding themselves away and praying constantly as Jesus had instructed them to do – suddenly, ‘a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm…filled the house where they were sitting (and) what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. Everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.’ (Acts 2 v2-4)
Why is Pentecost important? Because it’s the day that God’s Holy Spirit became available to the people of the earth. Or put another way, the spiritual resources of God fell upon the believers which has ever since been passed one to another through prayer and the laying on of hands. Hard as it is to grasp how God lives within us to direct, support, comfort, equip and encourage each christian, it’s true. Of course, as individuals we receive a mix of spiritual gifts – some distinctly supernatural (see 1 Corinthians 12) while one gift in particular is primary to us and the remainder of them formational. This year, why not determine to discover how the Holy Spirit has equipped you by taking the spiritual gift test.
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