Day 18 - Promise of the Holy Spirit
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Joel 2:28-29 (NLT)
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.
Here we see another old testament promise of the Holy Spirit that God makes to Israel regarding that future time when they will no longer be put to shame. It is a promise that applies to all mankind and we learn in Acts 2 that this promise pictures what God even did with His people at the birth of the church and with us today. Joel speaks about how God will pour out His Spirit upon all people. This promise is not withheld from any one because of their gender, age or social status. Rather, Joel makes special note that all are included. The Spirit will come on both men and women as well as the young and old. It’s not only for those of high social standing, for even servants, who were lowly regarded, are included. When the Spirit is poured out, God’s people will not only dream and see visions, but also prophesy, which is what we see happen in the second chapter of Acts. Jesus’ followers are waiting for the Holy Spirit as Jesus has instructed them to do after He rose again and ascended into heaven. The Spirit then came, appearing as tongues of fire, and rested on each of Jesus’ followers enabling all those around them to be able to understand what they were saying as if in their own language. Peter preached the gospel that day and over 3,000 people came to believe in Jesus! While Peter was preaching he quoted this same passage from Joel as the explanation of all that was happening. The Spirit was poured out on those who had believed in Jesus. This same Spirit was then promised by Peter to all who would go on to hear about Jesus and believe in Him after. The same Spirit that is promised then is poured out on those who believe in Jesus today, and when God’s Spirit is poured out, His gospel is proclaimed. Even today we still prophesy of Jesus, who He is and what He has done for us. We declare the truth of what God has promised to those who believe in Jesus and the hope of a glorious future for those trust in Him!
Can you see a connection with what was promised in Joel to what was experienced at Pentecost and to what you experience in your own life today? How is God calling you to speak of Jesus today?
Praise the Triune God for being faithful to pour out the Holy Spirit on those who believed in Jesus at Pentecost as He promised to in Joel and for pouring out that same Spirit in your life today. Ask God to reveal what divine purposes He has poured out His Spirit on you for, whether that be to speak of Jesus boldly, serve someone in love, or something else that God is calling you to. Identify what that is and ask the Spirit to reveal what step He is leading you to take to move forward in loving obedience to Him.