To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Apr 5, 2018 by Mike McSpadden, Lay Leader


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. Act 2:1-4.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus taught His disciples about the Holy Spirit. He called the Holy Spirit the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth. He told them that the Holy Spirit would give them the right words to say when they were witnessing to others. He told them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth and that the Holy Spirt would speak to them about the things that He had seen and heard in the throne room of God. Jesus directed the disciples to wait in Jerusalem and when the Holy Spirit came, they would be empowered to do the things that He had called them to do. They believed Jesus and obeyed Him, gathering together in anticipation. They possessed a single-mindedness of purpose and they all wanted the same thing: The Holy Spirit! They laid aside their own personal agendas and checked their egos at the door of The Upper Room. In the midst of their unity, faith, humility, expectancy, and obedience, they encountered the life-changing fullness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus delivered on His promise to them and they went out and changed the world!

The same offer of wisdom, comfort, truth, spiritual insight and power is still “on the table” today. As believers, we can receive the same gift that was poured out more than two thousand years ago. We can have a true encounter with the Holy Spirit and be filled to overflowing. All of us want to complete the task that God has laid before us; none of us want to be ineffective and incompetent Christians. We want to be a vessel that God uses to bring salvation, healing and deliverance to people we know and love. But the fact is, we simply don’t have the power and we will never have it on our own. There is a cost; there are sacrifices that will have to be made and our priorities will have to be rearranged. Things that we think are really important now, will become insignificant when the Holy Spirt comes in power. Surrendering to the Holy Spirit can be a little scary: “What if things get out of control?” “What will people think?” The Holy Spirit is not something to be feared but something to be desired. God is a good Father who desires to give His children good gifts.  If we want to see our home, families, schools, businesses and communities changed, we have to take on that same attitude that the disciples had in that Upper Room; that no matter what it costs, our prayer is “Come, Holy Spirit!”

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