Monday, June 25, 2012
Welcome to Day 176 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Joel 1, Two crises confront Judah with the consequences of their sins: the recent devastation of the land by locusts and drought; and the imminent assault on the land by the army of the Lord.
Joel 2, Joel urges “all the inhabitants of the land” to prepare for an imminent assault by the army of the Lord. A contrite heart among the people may bring God’s compassion and blessing…
v 28, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
32, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Joel 3, Joel prophesies the coming of that day of the Lord in which God will with finality judge Zion’s enemies and make Zion a source of everlasting blessing. (Reformation Study Bible)
2 Timothy 1:6, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
13, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
What resonates with me today is the verse, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”
What an amazing thought… God is going to pour out his Spirit on all people.
I wonder what they (all people) will do? With the availability of his goodness and with the responsibility that goes along with the administration of his Spirit… The personal responsibility…
Yet people will still reject him. He is a package deal. You can’t get His Spirit without “Him” being a part of it.
Jesus is the key.
Most people like the idea of “God.” And “the Spirit” sounds all mystical and accessible to all. Where the difference kicks in is with Christ.
That’s what people don’t like. (Those who are not Christians…)
Here’s what Paul told Timothy, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
Jesus is the Son of God, with all the fulness of the Father dwelling in him. His father is God. Jesus ascended into heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit was given.
That’s how it works. It’s a package deal.
We don’t get to pick and choose…
I love the promise, though… ALL people. It’s (He, His Spirit is) available to ALL people. It’s not an exclusive club.
Having said that though… what comes to mind is that the path is narrow.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Few and many.
Few find the path that leads to life… Many are on a “broad road that leads to destruction.”
That bothers me…
I want ALL people to experience God’s presence.
It’s available… to ALL people.
But it’s their choice…
I make the choice every day to “fan the flame the gift of God” that has been entrusted to me.
Thank you Lord that it’s your heart to draw ALL people to yourself.