The Comforter/Pentecost

Musings Along Life’s Journey

This is my original photo I want to use for my book cover. I connected with a man on LinkedIn who is working up the actual cover for me.

In my soon-to-be-published book, Musings Along Life’s Journey, I am currently writing about my experiences with The Great Comforter Whom Jesus sent down to us on the day of Pentecost. I share some of what I am finding here. Keep up with my posts and I will give progress reports on my debut foray into the publishing world. I’ve hit the 50-page mark and in deciding what else to include, the Spirit impressed on me to flesh out the chapters/stories I already have in the manuscript. Of course, it’s a challenge going from a weekly blog snippet to a full chapter!

John 14:25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Before Jesus suffered and died, He told the disciples about the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father would send. This helper would teach and bring to remembrance what Jesus had said. The Helper would also be a strong comforter so hearts would not be troubled, and they would not be afraid.

From Jesus Christ Stock Photos

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

This verse was Jesus’ commissioning of the Believers after His resurrection. He breathed a portion of Holy Spirit on them at this point, then directed them to tarry until the fullness of the Spirit would come upon them. The 120 in the upper room did not know what day Jesus’ promise would be fulfilled, but they may have had an inkling. After Passover, the Jews would “count the Omer” for fifty days to the “First Fruits” celebration. This is what happened:

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

This is the event that changed the world, turning it upside down, as God’s Kingdom enablement came upon the Believers. Note that they were all in one accord, 120 people in the upper room. Amazing things will happen when we lay down our differences and come together in one accord, lifting up Jesus in our midst.

As you read on in Acts, there were people in Jerusalem from many different countries and languages. Each of them heard the Believers speaking in tongues but understood them in their own languages. About 3,000 came to believe in Jesus as Messiah that day. It was the fulfillment of God’s word which the Prophet Joel saw and spoke from the Spirit, which is still for us today!

Acts 2:16 “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

These are the basic Scriptures; in my book I will also share my own first experience with The Holy Spirit along with some testimonies. I leave you with another photo of God’s glory in the skies around Henderson, NY. May you all experience the comfort and communion of Holy Spirit and join with the Lord’s Body, rejoicing in His provision for us. Shalom, dear readers!

Pentecost Sunday

This was an extremely busy week for us and I realized it’s Sunday instead of Friday; which is my usual day for posting. We had company for three days, garden re-structuring and planting, along with helping a friend fence in a garden area, weed and rock pick in both gardens, on top of our normal weekly activities. Oh, and Friday was set-up for our Saturday morning annual plant sale for our Garden Club. By the way, the plant sale went extremely well, and we finally got our Kia back from the collision shop; exactly three months to-the-day from when they towed it there after my February deer collision! It’s so like my Father God to make it an exact amount of time. Does God do this in your life as well?

Needless to say, I missed a day of exercise, two or three days of devotions, and had extra laundry due to all the work in the dirt and grass, as well as the towels and bedding from sharing our home. We have been eating very well, inspired by the guests being here; thanks be to God from whom all blessings flow!

Does your church celebrate Pentecost, fifty days after First Fruits (which is the day of Christ’s resurrection/Easter for Christians)? At our church we remembered and celebrated what the day of Pentecost, as recorded in the first chapters of the book of Acts, still means for us today. They challenged us to ask for another dose or new in-filling of Holy Spirit and the power that comes with it. One brother got up and exhorted us to get rid of the “old clothes” that fit no more since we have put on Christ. It reminded me of the basket full of knee, ankle, wrist, hand… braces and wraps we brought from our other house. I have worn most, if not all, of these through the years, but have not been able to wear them for the past few years; they no longer fit or don’t help anymore. I’m reminded my knee used to let me know when the weather was changing; it no longer does! I believe I’m experiencing progressive healing, praise Jesus!

Coming of the Holy Spirit

Acts:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

What “old clothes” do you need to get rid of? Ask Holy Spirit to show you. I know I need to do this, so join me as I pray:

Father, we have immersed ourselves in the things of this world and not kept our eyes focused on You and what You have for us. We have gone through our days forgetting to walk in the Spirit, desensitized to Your voice and presence. We are sorry. We realize Christ in us is the fullness we need to fulfill the plans You have for us, only able to be done by the Holy Spirit working in and through us. Holy Spirit, come as you did on the first Pentecost, like a mighty rushing wind, appearing as flames of fire on each one of us. Fill our hands with healing and our mouths with Heavenly languages that bring Your gifts and enablings alive in and through us. Fill us again. May words of knowledge and words of wisdom and prophecy, healings, signs and wonders flow from each of us to minister to those You place in front of us. We ask that the love of God would spread abroad as we open our hearts and hands to all You have to impart to us.

In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.