Before and After
But you shall have power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you ~ Acts 1:8
The best argument for the spirit filled life is those who live it. No illustration is more powerful than the life of Peter. Before Pentecost, he denied the Lord in weakness. After Pentecost, he faced a crowd with boldness and proclaimed that Jesus is Lord. That day, 3,000 were born into God’s family. That’s the power of the Holy Spirit.
Before Pentecost, Jesus gave Peter one of the harshest rebukes in the word of God, “get behind me Satan for you care more about the affairs of men than the things of God.” Peter was opinionated, critical, and often spoke without thinking. But what a difference we find in Peter after Pentecost! Now he is filled, broken, and channeled. It’s Peter 2.0, the new Spirit filled model, and he’s the example of what God wants to do today.
So let’s get into God’s presence today and ask Him to fill you again with His Spirit!
~ Pastor Turner