The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

Again, THANK YOU so much for the wonderful support you continue to provide while I face the loss of my sweet wife, Joy, and all that she was me. Of our 68 years together, I am especially thankful for the last three plus – to get to spend every day of them with her. As she was going down, she remained amazingly beautiful. She laughed through so much of her pain and disintegration. I don’t know how long it will be before I finally accept she is not here physically… This morning and yesterday morning I woke up, half-asleep, thinking she was in bed with me before I realized, of course, she was not. It was certainly nice for a short time though. Knowing, at least, she is with me in spirit and soul comforts. As does your compassion and understanding as I process. I love you all.💚

Continuing our study of The Holy Spirit, there is no place better to learn than the Book of Acts. Acts is written by Dr. Luke, the Gentile author of the third Gospel, and it is a continuation of his great work. Acts is often referred to as “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” Spirit is referred to more than 50 times in this one book, particularly in relation to 1) baptism with the Holy Spirit, 2) being filled with the Holy Spirit, and 3) being led by the Holy Spirit. Obviously, Acts is not what we are exclusively studying, but it gives us so much information about Spirit. I love the way this book introduces how He came to be with us forever. The Word says there:
“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. 

The Holy Spirit typically doesn’t come to us in the very grand way He apparently did at first. I suspect that sort of “entrance” was a necessary gesture so that no doubt could be left in the minds of the earliest believers. But, relationship with Spirit is extremely personal. He comes quietly, but also with great power, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. He teaches us and fills us daily with so much as we ask and press into relationship with The Trinity. He is with us always… even when we forget His presence. He is here, is privy to our future, paves roads we cannot see and equips us to travel them. He reveals and soldiers through with us as needed. 

More on Spirit and His Love next week.

Let us as daily remember in our prayers those in great need in Turkey, Syria, Ukraine and all in need in our beloved country or wherever they are.🙏

Love you dearly.💚

Poppa B.