In our Bible reading plan we are reading through Acts 2-6 this week. As I have been reading one thing has really jumped out at me. How things changed after the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
Today I thought I would share some of the things about the difference the Holy Spirit made and how important it is to rely on Him in all we do.
1. People heard in their own languages
Once the Holy Spirit came the believers spoke in languages that they did not previously know. Those who came to see what was going on realised they could understood what was being said (Acts 2:7-8). Some made fun of them, but many were converted as a result.
2. Peter preaches a powerful sermon
The same Peter who denied Christ several weeks before was a changed man. He had seen a resurrected Jesus and now he was filled with the Holy Spirit. His preaching became powerful and it cut through. 3000 plus were added to the church (Acts 2:41).
3. The believers had a new unity
After the Holy Spirit came we see a deep sense of awe came over the believers and they met constantly together in homes and the Temple. They became one like never before. Acts 2:42 says they devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s supper and prayer.
4. Peter and John had a new boldness and power
We see that as Peter and John went to the Temple they found a man who was lame from birth (Acts 3:2). We see that they healed the man in Jesus name (v6). He no longer needed to beg. Acts 3:11 tells us that everyone was in awe at what happened. In chapter 4 we see that Peter saw this was an opportunity to preach the Gospel.
As I have been reading these chapters I was reminded at how often the Holy Spirit was present in what they did. In fact He was the One who provided the power, the inspiration, the awe, the words and the conviction! He was entwined in all they did.
I wonder for us as Christians we forget about the Holy Spirit and the power and help that is available to us and is in us. How often do we try to do things in our own strength and not rely on His promptings, power and enabling?
I know personally there are times when I have forgotten all I have in the Holy Spirit and I relied too much on my own strength, abilities, training and experience. How about you?
PS. There is a longer sermon length version of this here.