Day 17

The Pouring Out of God’s Spirit

from the The Presence of God reading plan

Isaiah 32:14-18, Isaiah 44:3-4, Ezekiel 39:29, Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:1-47

BY Scarlet Hiltibidal

On the day of Pentecost, God’s presence was poured out on believers.

Do you ever try to conjure up a feeling? Maybe you’re like me, prone to, ahem, an overabundance of feelings at all times. But, though the feelings you have are mighty, sometimes they aren’t the right ones. Maybe you want to feel empathetic, but you feel defensive. You want to feel loving, but you feel selfish. You long to hunger for the Word of God, but the 2020 quarantine was long, and you “accidentally” downloaded apps like, say, TikTok. Ahem.

Sometimes we want to feel the right things but pursue them the wrong way. We want to want the Spirit, right? Of course. Because, like 2 Corinthians 3:17 reminds us, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” But how can we have the Spirit and feel the freedom He brings when life is so full of distractions and pains and questions that get us wanting other things we didn’t want to want in the first place? How can we be people who embody the Spirit who lives inside of us?

In Acts 2, Peter quotes what was once spoken through the prophet Joel:

And it will be in the last days, says God,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all people;
then your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams (Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28).

Did you notice that it’s God who does the pouring out? It’s God who IS the Spirit. God is and God pours out. We, on the other hand, are to receive. But we’re not going to recognize what is available to us if we’re distracted, looking at Instagram or news updates more than we’re looking to God.

In Isaiah 32, we’re reminded of the glorious benefit of being filled with God’s Spirit: “The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever” (v.17). We have the Spirit of God. We can be filled with the Spirit of God. We can have and experience His peace. We can live with “quiet confidence forever.” The Spirit who came upon the apostles “like that of a violent rushing wind” is available to all of us who follow Christ (Acts 2:2). We don’t have to conjure it up. We don’t have to strive forever for the feeling of Christlikeness. The Holy Spirit is being poured out. Open the Word. Obey its instruction. Focus on filling more than feeling, and remember this: the work of Jesus Christ has already made you pure. Your sins are already forgiven. You are loved. You are full of God’s power, God’s peace, God’s presence, God’s life, God’s hope. Wow.

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55 thoughts on "The Pouring Out of God’s Spirit"

  1. Alexandra Rouanzoin says:

    Is there some kind of SRT journal? I love journaling my prayers and it would be so nice to have a journal option on the app! Or a separate app for that

  2. Anneliese Peterson says:

    Lord help me to put down distractions so I can listen and hear and receive from you.

  3. Brandy Deruso says:

    Holy spirit fill me up!

  4. Dezarae Dorsey says:

    I want to be filled with God’s spirit, and not a mix of his spirit and social media. I need to get better with my boundaries and intentionality. Amen

  5. Alicia McCann says:

    May I not be distracted so that I can be ready to receive what the Lord has for me

  6. Hannah Putnam says:

    Every one of these studies is speaking right to my heart. Thank you for showing me truth

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