"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." —Genesis 1:1-3
“It is natural for you as a Christian leader to long for God's power to rest upon you and be evident in your ministry. You have often longed for more power in prayer, in your speaking, and in your touch upon the lives of those to whom you minister. This is a God-given longing. It was placed in your heart by the Holy Spirit because He wants you to ask and trust God for more of His powerful ministry through you.”—Wesley I. Duewel, Ablaze for God (1989)
From the beginning, or since eternity, the Holy Spirit is in motion and is co-creator with the God of the Universe.
God through His Word promises His Spirit: “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil . . . And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:23-24, 28-29.)
In the age of the Old Testament, the Spirit descended only on certain people, called to fulfill specific tasks in the mission of God. Through the prophet Joel, God promises a new dispensation of the Spirit. In the new dispensation, the Holy Spirit will come upon His people without distinction of sex, age, social class, or leadership position.
The Holy Spirit will bring joy to His people, which the prophet exemplifies as the rain needed for the harvesting of the earth. Such will be the blessing of the Holy Spirit upon His people: that they will be a fertile field that will produce an overflowing harvest.
The promise is for all who have received Jesus as their Lord.
"The procedure required to turn an impure heart into a burning heart for God is similar—only a continual refining fire will purify our motives and cleanse our character, making us beautiful and valuable treasures, useful for God's purposes. That fire is available to us in the person and presence of Christ and through the constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit" (Becky Tirabassi, The Burning Heart Contract, 2005).
Prayer for the week:
Holy Spirit, as you moved in the beginning of creation and through the history of Your people, now I ask You to move in my life so that You continue creating new and wonderful things in my ministry. Amen.
Roberto Hodgson is Multicultural Ministries Director for the Church of the Nazarene.
Written for Coffee Break with Holiness Today.