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Joel the Prophet of Pentecost

“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. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.
But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved” (Joel 2:28 to 32)

Long time before the actual event took place Joel predicted with pinpoint accuracy the coming of the Holy Spirit. The apostle Peter quotes Joel verbatim in his sermon on the day of Pentecost when the church was born by the coming of the Holy Spirit.

When the Spirit is poured out from on high there will be no gender barriers – He will come on men and women alike. There will be no age barriers – He will come on young and old alike. There will be no social status barriers – He will come on lowly servants too. Yes, He will come on ALL – Jews and Gentiles too. Praise the Lord.

How do we know that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

• We will prophesy. That is to be prompted by the Holy Spirit to speak the right word, at the right time, in the right way. People all around us are waiting to hear a word from the Lord. We are to be the channels through whom the word is dispensed to those lost in their sin and shame. What a wonderful promise we have that if anyone calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ they will be saved.

• We are to dream dreams – of what the Lord can do through us for His glory. We need to dream more about our Heavenly Home. We must encourage a younger generation to trust the Lord and to move forward in faith. Yes, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit we become faith boosters and faith builders.

• We must see visions – of people, nations lost without the Lord Jesus Christ. We must seek to advance God’s kingdom here on earth. The task is becoming increasingly difficult, but when we are Spirit filled we will be surprised as to how the Lord can use us to do great exploits for Him.
So the need of the hour is to be Spirit filled.

The following hymn can be said as a prayer to invite and invoke the fullness of the Spirit into our lives.

“Come, Holy Spirit, as wisdom to teach us; Come as new sight to the blind;
Come as strength to our weakness; take us, body, soul and spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit, as rest to the weary; Come as balm for the hurting.
Come as dew to our dryness and fill us with joy evermore.

Come, Holy Spirit, as a spring in the desert; Come to the withered of soul.
O let Your sweet healing power touch us and make us whole.

Come, Holy Spirit we need You.
Come, sweet Spirit we pray
Come in Your strength and power
Come in Your own gentle way

PASTOR BENJAMIN DEVADASON

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