by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (originally publishes as “His Touch of Hope” devotion Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009) (c) 2009 all rights reserved
When in worship we cry “more God”, when in intercession we ask Him to bring revival and renew the face of the earth, we must be clear about that for which we ask.
His promises of protection and provision are ours and He will fulfill them (He must!) But many times these needs mistakenly become our focus. We cry more of God because we need physical healing. We cry more of God because we are worried about our finances and need Him to intervene. We cry more of God because we are worried about a loved one. But let’s be clear. Neither Jesus nor the Holy Spirit was sent to permanently erase worldly woes. This remains earth. Only in heaven will the hardship go away – when we enter into the promised reward which we receive when our days of service on earth are done.
Jesus was sent for the singular purpose of opening the way back to the Father by redeeming the world through the perfect sacrifice of His death on the cross. In so doing, He did only what He saw the Father doing. In so doing, He gave us the perfect representation of the Father, showing us God’s way of love. In so doing, His Light lit the path for us to follow Him home.
We are called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps: to only do what we see and hear the Father doing. In this way to walk the way of Jesus (the way of love) according to His plan, thus being His ambassadors in a foreign land – lamps which carry His Light, enabling Him to light up the path back to eternity with the Father (our destiny!) for those around us. We cannot do this on our own, thus when Jesus returned to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit – His Spirit, the Father’s Spirit which no one can see but whom believers know and hear because He dwells in us.
The Holy Spirit was not sent to supernaturally provide earthly riches or heal all physical diseases forever. He was sent to work through us to testify regarding the Father, so more would find their way home. John 16:26 (Amplified) states: “But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.” The Holy Spirit is just that: Spirit. He guides us to use our voice, our hands and our reflection of His godly attitudes in our circumstances to reveal the truth of the invisible God to a dying world.
As we pray for a new Pentecost, for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth and unite His Body, we must remember the Spirit was sent to enable the spiritual harvest for God’s eternal kingdom. The Spirit is not concerned with earthly goals. We need to embrace His mission as did the first disciples.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples did not go back to the lives thay had before they knew Him where their focus was on securing provision and safety for their physical lives. In obedience which sprang forth from faith and trust, they gathered in the Upper Room of one mind and heart, waiting together as Jesus had instructed and devoted to persevering in prayer until His promise to send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled (even though it is likely they did not fully grasp what this meant.) Then from the moment the Holy Spirit was poured out on them at Pentecost, they lived only to be a testimony for God. They received God’s heart for their own, placed full priority on walking out His will, their focus on worldly wealth/success and/or protecting their physical lives gone. Instead they focused on sharing the only true wealth wherever they could: the Wisdom, the Truth of God that physical death would no longer be the end (but the beginning) for as many as would hear, draw near and accept the message.
When God blesses us with revival, when He gives us the “more” we seek, He indeed will enable a way for us to be provided for perfectly for the rest of our earthly lives. (And what He provides will be sufficient for what He calls us to do.) But this will not and cannot be our focus if we truly believe in Him. Our focus must be to worship Him in all circumstances and through our trust in Him, allow Him (by His Spirit) to work in all our circumstances to reveal Himself and the Kingdom. In this way we become the branches attached to the Vine which bear His fruit for the harvest – the purpose of Pentecost is fulfilled.
Lord God, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Come, Holy Spirit. Come. Come with more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Acts 26:13-18 (Amplified)
13 When on the road at midday, O king, I saw a light from heaven
surpassing the brightness of the sun, flashing about me and those who were
traveling with me.
14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice in the
Hebrew tongue saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you continue to persecute Me [to harass and trouble and molest Me]? It is dangerous and turns out badly for you to keep kicking against the goads [to keep offering vain and perilous resistance].
15 And I said, Who are You, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, Whom
you are persecuting.
16 But arise and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared to you for
this purpose, that I might appoint you to serve as [My] minister and to bear
witness both to what you have seen of Me and to that in which I appear to you,
17 Choosing you out [selecting you for Myself [and delivering you from among this [Jewish] people and the Gentiles to whom I am sending you – [Ezek. 2:1, 3.]
18 To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and
from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are
consecrated and purified by faith in Me. [Isa. 42:7,16.]
Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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