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“I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.”
In the Old Testament, God anointed select servants with His Holy Spirit for a limited time and purpose. The Holy Spirit would come upon Samson for a moment to defeat the Philistines or Samuel or Elijah to preach and would depart after they fulfilled their task. The New Constitution or Covenant that Jesus purchased and secured promises something more. Jesus promised He would not leave us as orphans but that the Holy Spirit would dwell with all believers. This began for all believers at Pentecost (Acts 2:17). Because of the Holy Spirit’s permanent presence in all believers, we live in the most desirous time in history. Since Jesus ascended, God has poured out—not merely wetted, dribbled, sprinkled, but poured out—His Holy Spirit upon all the followers of Jesus. We may have His power and companionship always.
In his most famous sermon, “Whether We Live or Die,” Dr. W.A. Criswell rallied a crowd to the Great Commission with rhetorical excellence that magnified the promise of God in the Holy Spirit. He thundered,
The way of God is always onward, forward, and upward. The Holy Spirit always announces that there is a greater day coming. The burden of the prophets and the marvelous beckoning light of biblical revelation are ever and always the same—Our mighty God is marching on. It is the message of the first page of the Bible. It is the message of the second page of the Bible. It is the message of the first book of the Bible. It is the message of the second book of the Bible. It is the message of the last page and the last book of the Bible. A glorious triumph is coming. The Lord never recedes. He necessarily advances. His creation is followed by redemption. His redemption is followed by sanctification. His sanctification is followed by glorification. There is no formal conclusion to the Book of Acts. It is open-ended. God means for the story of Pentecostal power and revival to be prolonged after the same manner.
The Holy Spirit intends to make this the greatest day in the history of the faith in Athens, Georgia. He intends for your future service and walk with Jesus Christ to qualify as the best you have ever known. Your best days are not behind You, but in front of you in Jesus Christ. If you and I will walk with Him, we will know the power and effectiveness of the Holy Spirit.
How we need His companionship and power at Beech Haven! With one massive Vacation Bible School, two cross-cultural mission trips, two retreats, three camps, and thirteen weeks of summer glory on Sundays and Wednesdays we need a renewal of the Holy Spirit. We can renew our walk with Him when we confess quickly, trust implicitly, read hungrily, pray fervently, obey immediately, worship heartily, and love fully. With such the Holy Spirit is pleased.
I do not have all the companionship and power of the Holy Spirit I want. How about you? Let us join together in pursuing Him with all our heart.
I Stand Amazed,