Beyond the Pulpit

• Liberty in the Spirit

Two On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Two Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. Acts 2:1-4 (NLT)


Assembly of God

The day of Pentecost is an important day in the history of the Church. The Lord Jesus Christ had given explicit orders that His disciples were to go to Jerusalem and wait until the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. He told them that it was necessary so that they would have the power needed to share the gospel of good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead all over the world.

The very same Spirit that had come upon Mary in order for her to conceive and bear Jesus and which He was filled with, was going to be poured out and fill their very being. Can you imagine the thoughts that were going through their heads? What was going to happen to them? What would this look like and what kind of power did Jesus mean?

When you read the book of Acts you will see a picture of what God can do and accomplish through simple people who are obedient to the Lord’s commands. Peter went from denying the Lord the night before Jesus died on the cross, to preaching a message of salvation that had 3000 people come to faith in Jesus Christ! Jesus’ disciples went from running away the night that Jesus was arrested to being baptized in the Holy Spirit, traveling and “witnessing” about Him all over the known world in their lifetime. Almost all of them died a martyr’s death in so doing.

Through the years I have seen this same Holy Spirit transform and bring healing and hope to the hopeless and the helpless. When Jesus was on earth, He said that He came to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to set the captive free, to give sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18). That is the same mission that the church has today.  But in Luke 4:14, the Scripture says that Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that filled Jesus as well as His followers, and empowered them to do their ministry is still available today.  All we have to do is ask.