When the Spirit Moves
I’m beginning a new Bible reading plan this year – the first since 2014.
In the spirit of finding a way to stay motivated, I’ll be writing a short reflection
based on each day’s reading.
It won’t be amazing material but I trust it’ll help me stay grounded.
Focus passage: Acts 2
Much is made of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our day. With the advent of the Pentecostal movement in the 1900s and the charismatic renewal in the 1960s, interest in who the Holy Spirit is and what the Holy Spirit does has never been higher. Yet, with this increase of interest, there has arguably never been more confusion on the subject as there is at present.
Acts 2 and the events of the day of Pentecost provides us with some valuable lessons about what happens when the Spirit is truly at work:
- When the Spirit is at work, there is empowered proclamation (v1-4)
- When the Spirit is at work, God is valued as supreme (v5-11)
- When the Spirit is at work, Jesus is lifted up – in His life, His death and resurrection (v12-36)
- When the Spirit is at work, conviction, repentance
andfaith are born in the hearts of God’s elect (v37-41)
- When the Spirit is at work, the church behaves like the church (v42-47)
Perhaps in all the discussions about tongues, healing and prophecy, we are all in danger of losing sight of what truly happens when the Spirit moves.
2019 might be a good time to rediscover the Holy Spirit.
I recommend Arthur W. Pink’s fantastic book The Holy Spirit for a
worthwhile treatment of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
You can order a free print copy or download a PDF or ePub edition
from the friends at Chapel Library.