The Vine May 2018

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Jesus ascended to heaven, it was not what the early church leaders would have wanted, but was essential to the plans of God. The early church would have loved to have met with Jesus daily and learn, but that would have prevented one of the most important events to happen, the coming of the Spirit of God.

We read in Acts 1 that Jesus had told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, to be baptised in the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 2, they were all together in one place, on the day of Pentecost, there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house. Divided tongues of fire appeared to them and rested on each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in ot er tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. This was a pivotal moment in the Christian faith, God transformed people in an instant and Peter started to address the crowd. If I had been with Peter at that time, knowing that he put his foot in it so many times, no doubt I’d have been thinking, “What is he going to say?” and look for a hiding place, yet the Spirit enables Peter to deliver a message that changed people’s lives.

Let me ask you, if you have just built a new house and you had the choice as to which power source you would want, would you choose the generator, with its limited resources, or the power-grid with unlimited power? No doubt like me, you would choose the power-grid because you can use multiple power sockets and the electric oven as well as other electrical devices and know that the grid can cope with it. Why then do we as Christians resign ourselves to the spiritual generator, rather than God’s power-grid of unlimited resources? The same power that rose Christ from the grave, lives in those who have asked Jesus into their lives. But Salvation alone is only a small proportion of what God has for us! The Holy Spirit enables us to pray intelligently, reveals our giftings, leads our lives, allows us to know God’s plan for our lives as well as illuminate scripture that will help us to explore God more and deeper.

On May the 20th, it is Pentecost Sunday. It is a reminder that God has so much more that he wants to pour out upon us as Christians. Are you living in God’s fullness of his power-grid, or have you resigned yourself to the spiritual generator? My prayer for you is that you will ask God to empower you with His Spirit, either by His Baptism in the Holy Spirit or by an outpouring of His Spirit afresh.
May God richly bless you.

Rev. Scott Pash

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