Morning by Morning, June 2 - Strike the Match in Me for a Personal Pentecost
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Be at the center of my heart and in the middle of every moment of my day. ...
"On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared to settle on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed" (Acts 2:1-7 NLT).
You told Your first disciples they would "be baptized with the Holy Spirit," they would "receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon" them, and they would then be emboldened and empowered to "be (Your) witnesses ... to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:5-8). And so they were.
It's like the Father struck a match and fanned a flame into a consuming fire that has never gone out and never will! This is the promise of the Father, that He would have a people, filled and anointed with His Holy Spirit, who would proclaim the name of Jesus in the power of God's mercy and love to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:4). And so we do -- even to this day.
As "the body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:7), filled with "the Spirit of Christ" (Romans 8:9), proclaiming the message of Christ, (Acts 2:36), continuing the "ministry of Christ" (Romans 16:3), we fulfill the commission of Christ (Matthew 2819). "And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).
Come, Holy Spirit. Fall afresh on me today. Fall afresh on Your church today. Strike Your match and light the fire again -- here in me, here in us. Rekindle the flame. Fan it into a fiery blaze. "Stir up the gift of God which is in (us).... For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NKJV). I pray for a personal Pentecost for me and a worldwide Pentecost for the people of God -- today and everyday, here in me and to the ends of the earth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray the Father will strike the match of His Holy Spirit in you for personal Pentecost today, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!