“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Acts 2:1a,4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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When the day of Pentecost came…

they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to talk in other languages,

as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

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– Acts 2:1a,4 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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On the day of the Pentecost,

Jesus’ disciples were gathered together in one room in prayer,

and the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised, came on them.

From that moment on, they were changed persons.

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All Christians have already received the Holy Spirit…when they were baptised.

But for many, unfortunately, the Holy Spirit is like that forgotten gift

that has remained in its original wrapping

…unopened and boxed in.

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That gift is the most precious one we can ever receive,

because the Holy Spirit is the source of new life!

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When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

we will set the Holy Spirit free to mould us into true followers of Christ,

and we will become changed persons.

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When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

we come to know God by experience;

we come to know God as our Father who loves us and cares for us;

we experience God’s love and presence like never before;

we experience God speaking in our heart, teaching us, guiding us;

we come to know Jesus as our Lord;

the lordship of Jesus begins to be the basic principle for our way of life.

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When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

we start to pray in a new way;

our prayer becomes more centred on God and less on ourselves;

our prayer becomes more often prayer of praise and thanksgiving;

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When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

we discover that we can pray in tongues:

that humble gift which serves as a means of spiritual growth;

that prayer language which the Holy Spirit inspires within us to praise God;

that prayer language which the Spirit inspires within us when we cannot pray adequately.

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When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

the Bible comes to life;

we get to understand Jesus’ teachings;

the Fruit of the Spirit develops within us (“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – Gal 5:22-23);

we will receive one or more spiritual gifts by which we can serve God.

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Yes, When we unwrap and open that forgotten gift,

with faith, hope and expectation,

and out of our own free will,

the Holy Spirit will inflame our hearts with love and boldness

and we will truly become changed persons…and true Christians, followers of Christ!

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, I desire to know You better, I desire to love You more – I welcome Your Spirit within me!

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