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The Holy Spirit works through rest

Scripture Notes on Acts 2

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (Acts 2:3-4)

It is interesting how when the Holy Spirit first comes in power upon the Disciples, He doesn’t overpower them.  He comes and rests on them.

In the midst of a crowded scene where the Spirit’s power is being manifested, Peter is able to calmly and rationally stand up and deliver an address to the crowd.  He’s not writhing on the ground or foaming at the mouth, but he’s not being left out, either.  He’s able to operate with both his spirit and his mind because the Holy Spirit is not there to overwhelm with power, but to overflow with peace.

To operate in the Spirit isn’t about having your mind overtaken by an alien force.  It’s about letting your heart be overjoyed by His presence, and letting that presence overflow into the world around you.

God doesn’t want to take something from you, but give something to you.

May you grow in your understanding of how the Spirit works, but even more importantly, may you learn to trust and surrender to Him without fear, because the Holy Spirit works through rest.

-Pastor Phillip


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