Volume 6 No 3
As many of you may know, Christians around the world are preparing to commemorate a time known as Pentecost, the celebration of the first Christians receiving the Holy Spirit, and the birthing of the new church.
Acts 2:1-4 “When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force--no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them”.
Through the Holy Spirit the very personal relationship that God so desires with us is deepened. He can take the unheard wailings of our heart and mind and offer them to the Father.
He also generously bestows miraculous gifts upon us, but, rather than seeking a miracle, we should seek God. Paul speaks of the power of God, not in terms of physical miracles, but in the transformation that comes in a person’s life.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
We might call these psychological miracles—the power of God at work in human lives. Do you strive to love and be loved more? Is your life perhaps devoid of joy or peace? Do you find yourself becoming impatient and irritable with others? I think that we all struggle with these to some extent, but what do we do to remedy the situation? If you strive on your own, you will never find the fulfillment you are so desperately looking for.
I believe this transformation is possible, not through our own strivings but through an ever deepening and more personal relationship with God. God loves you more than you know. Christ died for you, and by him now living in and through us by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are able to put on his righteousness and have our lives blessed with these amazing gifts.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)”