32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. Acts 2:32-33 (NLT)
Yesterday’s devotional focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is only when Christ is back with the Father that the Holy Spirit is given to us. The Holy Spirit moves into our hearts and is on the earth everywhere through the lives of the Believers. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit according to the Bible. The residence of the Holy Spirit in you happens because God promised it would.
God the Father sent Jesus the Son to give to us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The verses of Act 2 from 22-36 demonstrate God keeping His promises regarding salvation and strength for Christian living. We need rescue from sin to have the foundational relationship with God. To continue to grow in our relationship and understanding of God and His way, we need the Holy Spirit. God promised a Helper and God delivered. Acts 2 describes the first time the Holy Spirit came with wind and fire and evidence of speaking in different languages. This gift was undeniably the promised Holy Spirit.
EVERYONE WHO TRUSTS CHRIST AS SAVIOR IS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!
The Holy Spirit still comes in remarkable ways. It may look or feel different to each one who comes to faith in Christ. Some say they sense a peace like never before. Others feel more loved than they have ever known. The longer I am a Believer and the more I read the Bible, I have fresh insight and deeper understanding. It’s been years between me and God, and I am learning every day. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that helps me grow.
What was it like for you when you accepted Jesus as your Savior and received the Holy Spirit?
How have you sensed God’s presence in you as the Holy Spirit now lives in your heart?
In what ways do you live differently by the power of the Holy Spirit that helps us to be more like Jesus?
Maybe you are reading this and you haven’t had this personal encounter with God, His Son or His Spirit. Please stay engaged with these devotionals and we will lead you to the Father. He is reaching out to you. His promises are for you.