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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Mystery of Pentecost
Recently I discovered two Spirit-filled interpretations of the mystery of PENTECOST. One is a Spirit Psalm, inspired by the image of the Spirit rushing upon David in 1 Samuel 16:13. The other is from The Message, the New Testament in contemporary language. Let us pray both:
Rush upon us, O Spirit of God! From this time on, rush upon us like living water, like leaping fire, like fresh breath through an open window. For this time, rush upon us, O Holy Spirit, with wisdom and knowledge, with understanding and counsel, with wonder and recognition and awe. Just in time, rush upon us, O Spirit of God, in life-giving words, in songs from the voiceless, in a passion for witness. At this time, rush upon us, O Holy Spirit; this hopeful time, this searching time, this preparing time, this coming and going time, this trusting time, this new time, this full time. All the time,
Rush upon us, O Spirit of God!
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us . . . It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it, found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the Christians, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! (Ephesians 1).”
Now, isn’t that what we all desire in and for one another!? Glorious Pentecostal in-Spiriting!
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