The Promise of the Father
As the prophet Joel quotes God as saying in Chapter 2: 27 “You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” (also see: Isaiah 32:15; Ezekiel 39:29; Zechariah 12:10, among other verses)
This is called The Promise of the Father. Throughout scripture, God promises primarily two things: 1. Moses said, “Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 2. That he would pour out his Spirit on all flesh.
These two promises are found throughout the Bible. As our Father says in Isaiah 55:11, “My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” What the Father speaks already IS, because he IS (I AM…).
Are you prepared to receive a new outpouring of the Spirit? As you have been baptized, renewed, adopted, you have been filled with God himself, in the Person of the Holy Spirit. But that presence can be renewed, reinvigorated, re-flamed. Do you want that renewal in you, that he might pray mightily through you and gently (usually) speak to and through you. We are called to be priests and prophets, healers, pray-ers, walker in the Spirit. Await, anticipate, receive. Fr. Tere
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