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Do You Rely On the Power of the Holy Spirit?

Weekly Devotionals

Do You Rely On the Power of the Holy Spirit?

Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b]10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood before
the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]

Pentecost means fifty days. It is also known as “the Feast of Weeks” and this special celebration happens fifty days after the Passover celebration. In order to celebrate the Feast of Weeks, multitudes of Jewish pilgrim from many different places gathered in Jerusalem. According to Luke 24 after the ascension of Jesus, his disciples remained in Jerusalem to worship God and waited for the promised one. Today’s passage indicates that Jesus’ disciples participated in Pentecost and the Holy Spirit came upon them in a powerful way. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and they were able to “speak in other tongues” (Acts 2:4). The disciples were able to speak in different languages so that people from many different nations could hear them in their languages. The reason why the Jewish pilgrims were astonished because the disciples had never learned the different languages they spoke. It is the power of the Holy Spirit enable for them to speak a message from God.

The power of the Holy Spirit was not only able for the disciples to speak in other tongues but also was able for Peter to speak the powerful message. Who is Peter? He was the one who denied Jesus for three times and he was uneducated so that he’s not trained to preach in a proper way. However, when Peter stood and proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, the Jews saw and heard as the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit changed him and he became a new person.

Sometimes you may feel your daily life is the series of failure so that you may be tempted to give up. Remember the Holy Spirit can empower you when you are weak in our own strength. As you rely on the Holy Spirit as you face difficult situations, he will help you to listen to his voice to grow in your faith.

Have a great week!