“To Wait” means to stay in one place in anticipation or expectation for something & it takes patience! Large chunks of time are spent in waiting like 21 minutes for a significant other to get ready… statistically speaking, not from personal experience! Jesus told His followers to “wait” in Jerusalem for The Promised Holy Spirit. They waited for 10 days & spent the last 3 praying! They didn’t know when The Promised Spirit would arrive but they waited in anticipation and expectation! If you can average 90 minutes a day or 10½ hours a week on your phone…don’t you think you could wait a little while for The Promised Holy Spirit? Good things happen to those who wait!
Remember “the look” your mother gave you after you dismissed, ignored or tested her words? It was followed by a stern voice & an occasional paddle! Jesus “commanded” His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem because The Promise would be found there. This command was the same as a military term describing a strict & authoritative order. Jesus knew His followers needed to know the significance of “obeying”…we also need to grasp the importance of “staying”. Our faith must be anchored in a steadfast commitment to lay hold of The Promised Spirit. Staying the course is not optional or unnecessary… Jesus made that very clear & imperative!
Just as water baptism was about something new, a converted life; The Promised Spirit’s baptism was about something new too, a new relationship with The Holy Spirit. This wasn’t a new and improved version of the old baptism but a completely new and transformational relationship with The Holy Spirit. God was about to deposit The Spirit into His followers in order to equip them to establish His Church and build His Kingdom in the world. This couldn’t be done in man’s wisdom & power, but only through the baptism of His Promised Holy Spirit. Aren’t you ready for a new thing in your life? Well, God has a Promise for you… the infilling & newness of His Promised Holy Spirit!
John the Baptist preached repentance, turning away from sin & surrender to God. John had the identifying title as “The Baptist” because he baptized his converts in the Jordan river. His declaration, “I indeed baptize you with water but He (Jesus) will baptize you with The Holy Spirit.” (Mk 1:8) Jesus confirmed this when He told His followers that they would be baptized with The Promised Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) John’s converts were completely immersed in water, Jesus’ converts would be completely immersed in The Holy Spirit. Like a capsized & sunken ship in the sea, may you be sunk into the depths of The Promised Holy Spirit…He will raise you up!
A promise is a declaration, pledge or assurance of that which is to be fulfilled. We have all experienced the disappointment & destructiveness of an unfulfilled promise either from a friend, employer or family member. People feel promises are unreliable because, “Promises are made to be broken”. Yet there should be no debate to the trustworthiness of God because He is able & He keeps His promises…He has never failed! In Acts 1, Jesus speaks of God’s promise to give The Holy Spirit to His followers. This wasn’t a casual or flippant promise but a powerful, urgent & divine promise to send His Holy Spirit. God Promises the Holy Spirit…you can trust Him!
Peace is defined as the freedom from disturbance or the cessation of war. It is found in seclusion, quietness & tranquility. No wonder the world shouts, “There is No Peace!” The world believes avoidance, escape and denial is the pathway to peace. Jesus assures us of a peace in John 14 that is not dependent upon quiet places or tranquil times. The peace of The Holy Spirit is not the absence of trouble but an overcoming peace in the midst of trouble! It is so powerful that it is independent of outward circumstances. It is true - Know Holy Spirit & Know Peace…No Holy Spirit & No Peace!
We live in a “he said…she said” world & at times the truth is difficult to discern. Yet there is an answer to our deceptive & misleading world… The Holy Spirit of Truth. Jesus calls Him “the Spirit of Truth” in John 14:17 & He can only be known by those who receive His infilling presence. The world is bound by manipulative & unscrupulous words and is oblivious to the Truth that can set them free! Don’t be like the world that doesn’t get it…look to the infilling intimacy of the Spirit of Truth & get it!
Orphanhood is the severest kind of loss any child could ever experience as they find themselves alone & desolate in the world. Thankfully, orphans can discover hope & love in the arms of an adoptive family. Spiritually, we may think we are alone, lost & desolate but Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. (Jn.14:18) The Holy Spirit is the manifested presence of Christ in our lives. He is our comforter who comes beside us with great acceptance & love. We don’t have to look to the external things of this world for comfort but simply look to the internal presence of The Holy Spirit. Embrace Him…He will never leave or forsake you.
Trial lawyers are a special breed who need to think quick on their feet, respond with authority & react with decisiveness. Many people who have been accused and stood trial are indebted to a very capable attorney for a “not guilty” verdict. We face a spiritual accuser who knows how to lambast us with vicious threats and false accusations but we have an “Advocate” attorney in The Holy Spirit! He pleads our case when accused, counsels us when confused and defends us when we can’t. When the Holy Spirit is your Advocate, you have nothing to fear …He has never lost a case!
We are familiar with a parachute and a paramedic but what about a paraclete? “Para” means to come alongside, so a chute comes alongside a fall and medic alongside a physical need. “Paraclete” is the Greek word describing The Holy Spirit who “Comes alongside us when called”. He is our helper & comes along side of us in every facet of our lives. The Holy Spirit is not a “sidekick” or “apprentice” but is the “master” teacher & guide who divinely enables & equips us. He never takes a break or vacation but abides with us forever! He is here to help you at any time & in every situation… just call Him and He will come alongside you!