This Is {Monday Morning Reflections}

Peter begins his sermon at Pentecost defending those who have been praising God and telling of His mighty works in languages other than their own.  After explaining these men were not drunk, he goes on to say, “This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel that in the last days…”

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh

Your sons and daughters shall prophesy

Young men shall see visions

Old men shall dream dreams

And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below…

This. Is.

While I am not one to focus, dwell or be alarmed by the “end of the age,” I do, sometimes more than others, long for Christ’s return. Every generation has historically believed theirs is the last and while I’m not sure ours is, I do consider myself a part of the welcoming committee should God ordain it for such a time as this.

This week, I’ve had three people tell me about dreams they’ve had that have either compelled them to move upon a prompting from the LORD or brought them to a place of rest in Him.  The Word of God has prompted people {myself, included} to do, change and say things they never thought they would have before.  We are encouraged. We are sobered. We are hopeful.

This is:

Obedience. Understanding. Peace. Joy.

The preaching of the word and the work of the Spirit to reveal the life of the Word brings about conviction.  Conviction that slows us down, makes us think and be still.

Be still and know that God is God.

Conviction brings about a desire to change. To move. To do something differently than the way we have been carrying on.

The difference between conviction and condemnation is that condemnation just leaves us feeling bad. Where as in conviction we can rejoice because we are standing on the edge of a great plan God has in mind.  We may have a physical reaction brought about by Holy fear or regret,  but we can rejoice and be glad because conviction has a purpose.  Best of all, we can trust that God has gone before us and the outcome will be something He has desired for us and those involved with us.

This. Is.

This is what God intended when He chose to fill us with His Spirit. That we may be filled overflowing to the point where we cannot help but to do His will.  We cannot help but to spill over and pour out to others.  We cannot help but to stand in awe of Who He Is and who we are because of Him.