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

  1. Maura says:

    Wow, indeed. So blessed this morning by reading the scripture, and all your comments Sisters. The Holy Spirit in us leading, teaching, filling, speaking, kindling. How Awesome is our God! Liezl praying with you. May we be about the filling of what God gives us in the pouring our of His Spirit and not about the feelings. Angie, praying for you as you follow the Lord’s leading you to apologize. I know He will bless it. And for your Bible study, how lovely are the feet of those who bring good news. I know in this time, God will be glorified. Churchmouse, my childhood understanding of the Holy Ghost, was similar, thank you for your words. He is mighty and nothing like Casper the friendly ghost, which I use to imagine in trying to understand. Kristine, so many are filled with fear right now, having dealt with anxiety over years and finding a release and peace. Thanks be to God. I will be praying for you and all suffering in this. Lord dissolve our fears, anxieties and fill us with your peace. May you be our focus above all else, open our eyes Lord help us to see you. Bless all these sisters of mine this day, may our lives reflect your love, your peace, your grace. In Jesus name. Amen.

  2. MARTHA HIX says:

    ❤️

  3. Terri says:

    Father, Son and Holy Spirit thank you for being with me even when I forget you are there.

  4. Nancy Singleton says:

    “Quiet confidence forever”—even in the midst of the craziness around us. Oh Lord, let me exemplify your Holy Spirit filling, not my human feelings no matter what is going on around me. Amen

    1. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

      Yes! Amen!

  5. Heidi V says:

    Through the Holy Trinity God is always able to reach us regardless of where we are. So grateful for this!

  6. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been really struggling to forgive someone. I WANT to forgive them. I KNOW that is what God desires too, but have had a really hard time getting there. I’ve been praying, “Lord, work a miracle and help me forgive!” because, at this point, it feels like it will take a miracle. ‍♀️ I really appreciated your emphasis on not focusing on my feelings so much, but focusing on being filled up with God’s Word and Spirit.

  7. Mari V says:

    I LOVE my quiet time! I CRAVE it! I look forward to it. It’s my lifeline. And I really ENJOY and look forward to meeting with all of you every morning with each and everyone of you. Even on the days I don’t comment I enjoy reading all your posts as it encourages me so much. I think of all of you often and pray for you. Have a blessed day my dear sisters.

  8. Megan Schmidt says:

    I saw how long the acts reading was and simply skimmed it… (“it’s early in the morning I’m too tired to read all that)”well by the second paragraph of the next page I went back to actually read it… conviction. And I’m so glad I did.

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