Thursday, December 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 December 2019

The Outpouring

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.(Joel 2:28-32)

Today’s Morsel:  The outpouring of Holy Spirit in scripture is usually associated with such terms as, “A River of Life”, “A Mighty Rushing Wind”, “A Fresh Anointing”, “Baptism by Fire”, “The Promise of the Father”, “The Comforter”, Speaking in Tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance”, and “The Spirit of Christ”.   The Prophet Joel stated that in the last days God would pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh.  This is what happened on the Day of Pentecost around 33 AD.  And it was what the New Testament Church was built upon (see Acts 2).   According to Acts 10, Luke wrote when Peter was sent by God to the house of Cornelius, “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.(Acts 10:44-48)  And he wrote, “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.(Acts 19:1-6)  Have you received the Holy Ghost since  you have believed?  Friend this promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.(Acts 2:39)  So, don’t leave home without it.

Sing: I've got the Holy Ghost down in my soul, just like the Bible said.  I've got the Holy Ghost down in my soul, just like the Bible said.  Well, I've been to the water and I’ve been baptized in Jesus Name, my soul got happy and I’m so satisfied; I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now; just like the Bible, just like the Bible, just like the Bible said.

Thought For Today:Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.(Colossians 2:8-9)

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