“Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me…!”(Jl.2:28-32).
Prophet Joel was a pentecostal visionary – not so much in the sense of glosolalia insistence as understood and highlighted by some modern day Pentecostals and Charismatics.
God’s wrath descends on us, his unfaithful people, but when we rend our hearts and not our garments, when we return to the LORD our God with all our heart he will accept us.
“The LORD our God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…”(Cf.Jl.1:1 -2:27).
We are all beneficiaries of the LORD’s pentecostal grace and blessings as he promised:“And afterwards, 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…And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved…”
We note the universality of the outpouring of the Spirit. “I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Someone has remarked, “if men were God, they would not allow rain to water the crops of some people.” But the gracious and compassionate Lord has poured out his Spirit on all people without discrimination. That is why some nonChristians have received more blessings from God than Christians.
Unlike in our old way of thinking that the saved are the chosen ones, on the contrary,“everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” This is echoed by John, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”(Jn.3:16).
Christ is for all humanity but he saves only those who believe in him.
Therefore, let us make use of the Spirit as we surrender ourselves to the LORD in penitence so that he can transform and renew us.
Prayer: Lord, induce me by your Spirit to unflinchingly believe and remain in Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang