Get in the Spirit! Advent day 14, 12-14-21

Today I was reading in Joel 2, it wasn't where I was headed but its where the Bible opened up as I began to turn the pages to the book of John chapter 8. I recognized the verses as the words Peter said on the Day of Pentecost when the people in the upper room were granted that Holy Spirit presence in thier lives. A lot of people have missed the speaking about the Holy Spirit in the story line of Moses. His Spirit is upon many people called the Elders who began to prophecy.

God decided in these times to pour out His Spirit occasionally in the Old Testament, but then in Pentecost He gave it to all who believed. The book of Acts is just part of the story. Too many people seem focused on one day with the Lord, though I do believe one day with the Lord Jesus presence would be better than a thousand elsewhere!

So, Moses went out and reported the Lord’s words to the people. He gathered the seventy elders and stationed them around the Tabernacle. And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.          Numbers 11: 24-25


Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. Joel 2:28


While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers.

 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them.

“No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked.

And they replied, “The baptism of John.” Acts 19:1-3

Knowing that the Holy Spirit has been given to us, what do we do with it? If God used His Spirit to cause the Israelites to prophecy in a show of faith back then, and He used that same Spirit to indwell those who were praying together in the upper room then what will He do with and through us today? 

Thoughts I am pondering today... in Jesus' name.