Week 33   Day 4

 

 

the Holy Spirit can come in power and peace 

upon anyone at any place and at any time 

 

the Spirit called Samuel in a time 

when the word of the Lord was rare 

 

the Psalmist discovered there was nowhere

he could go but that the Spirit was there 

 

the prophet Joel proclaimed that God 

would pour out his Spirit on all people 

 

the baptism of Jesus saw the Spirit

descend upon him like a dove 

 

the Spirit is not dependent

upon our worthiness to receive                         

 

nor determined by the times

in which we live 

 

our spirit needs to be receptive

to the Spirit already among us 

 

the mighty wind 

the still small voice 

the glowing flame 

the joyous language

the shower of blessing 

the kind embrace

God's holy breath and life in us  

  

                                                                 ---rus

 

 

 

                                         RESTORATION

      Faith and hope lead to excitement and expectancy.

                                                Joel 2

 

15Blow the trumpet, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly;

     16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,

     Assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes;

     Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,

     And the bride from her dressing room.

     17Let the priests of the Lord weep.   Let them say,

     "Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give reproach.

     Why should they say, 'Where is their God?'"

18Then the Lord will be zealous, and pity His people.

     19The Lord will answer and say,

     "Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil,

     And you will be satisfied by them;

     I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.

20"I will remove far from you the northern army,

     And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land,

     With his face to the eastern sea and his back to the western sea;

     His stench will come up, and his foul odor will rise,

     Because he has done monstrous things."

21Fear not, O land; rejoice for the Lord has done marvelous things!

     22Do not be afraid, for open pastures are springing up,

     The tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine also yield.

23Be glad then, children of Zion, and rejoice in your God;

     He will cause the rain to come down for you.

     24The threshing floors shall be full, the vats shall overflow.

25"I will restore to you the years the swarming locust has eaten,

     The crawling, the consuming, and the chewing locust,

     My great army which I sent among you.

     26You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the Lord

     Who has dealt wondrously with you.  27Then you will know that

     I am the Lord your God and there is no other.

28"Afterward I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

     Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

     Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men see visions.

     Also on My men and maid servants I will pour out My spirit.

30"I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:

     Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

     31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood,

     Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

32"And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

    There shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said."
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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