Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Be Willing

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Pastor Gabe Martin

Over the last few weeks we have been considering what it means to “be the church”. The disciples’ journey with Jesus has reminded us that we also have opportunity to be empowered, if we are willing, to live out God’s calling on our lives each day of the week. I was so encouraged by Katie Dexter’s words this last Sunday, and I was reminded that God brings people across our path each and every day that we have an opportunity to share our journey of faith with.

If we are honest with ourselves, there are moments and days that we do not feel up to this calling. There are moments when we feel the words of Jesus in our bones that “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Words like inadequate, ill-prepared, confused, overwhelmed, fearful, ashamed, exhausted, and insecure seem to dominate our experience. Jesus’ wisdom for his disciples in that situation was to “watch and pray”. It should come as no surprise then, that it was while they were watching and praying that they were filled with the all-equipping power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

The day of Pentecost is quite some time away from now on the Christian calendar, but this coming Sunday I want to talk about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and truly equipped to be the church that God desires us to be.

Acts 2:1-4 says:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Notice the phrase, “the Spirit enabled them”. This message focus will be the enabling power of the Holy Spirit! I’m looking forward to continuing our journey together. In preparation, please take an opportunity to read Acts 1-2, and let’s anticipate a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Blessings!

 

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