The true North of Pentecost
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
"He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" Acts 1:7-8 (NIV)
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
Ps Geoff Cooper
WHO ARE YOU LORD?
Who are you Lord? (Acts 9:5)
This question was the start of a life-long journey of discovery, searching out the richness of Christ and walking with the Holy Spirit. The man that asked this question had status in religious circles and carried a zeal for the things of God greater than his contemporaries. Paul was the man with all the answers and yet everything he achieved fell to the wayside when he encountered the living God.
After this moment Paul's life was forever changed. He went from abusing the church to eventually establishing them. He wrote most of the new testament in which the heart of God is revealed to humanity and although he spent many lonely nights in prison, he never lost his hunger to know Him.
Philippians 3:8 in the amplified says;
"...I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]..."
During this unusual time I encourage you to ask the question and expect God to reveal more of Himself to you.