2020 has been an interesting year for all of us. When it started most of the prophet’s were saying, it will be a year of “A Double Portion of Blessing” and used the Hebrew number 20 as their springboard. 20 in the Hebrew language literally means complete or perfect waiting period. They said it was going to be a doubling of clear 2020 vision watching God fulfill promises, purposes and the plans that were spoken over our lives. However, what we have experienced so far is a blurred and discouraging period of time. During this New Normal, I’m hearing God say, we need to adjust our focus and seek His heart to see what He is really doing. We have just left the Passover season which Messiah fulfilled with His death and resurrection creating a New Covenant for all of us. Presently, we’re midway through the 50 day grace period that precedes Pentecost and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. This period is intended to prepare us to receive the fresh anointing of His power and authority. So the question is, “What should we be doing in preparation for His outpouring?”
To find the answer let’s look at Acts 1:4-5. After being together again, Jesus speaks a very important word to His disciples that all of us need to hear during this pandemic. He said, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but WAIT for the PROMISE of the FATHER. John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The baptism of the Holy Spirit, isn’t the true definition for Pentecost, though in many churches that hold the title of Pentecostal believe its the act of speaking in tongues, a heavenly, angelic language that honors God. Pentecost, literally means “the Feast of Weeks, 7 to be exact.” It also is known as “The Feast of 50 days, hence the term Pentecost.” The key to this entire scripture is to wait. TO WAIT FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER. Why would Jesus ask them to WAIT? Perhaps He knew better then they, that they weren’t a group of men that waited easily. To wait, means to remain ready for a reason, to delay any action until something happens. I believe, waiting is a test. A test of, will you trust God enough to stay steady without moving on your own agenda’s, to see if God will finish what He’s started and promised in your life. . Acts 1:6, reveal’s their heart, “Lord will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” This shows us the disciples didn’t understand what they were waiting for and totally missed what Jesus had said about the soon coming baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus response in vs. 7, “It is not for you to know times and seasons which the Father has put in His own authority,” shows us and the disciples, that waiting for God’s timing as He fulfills His promises and not our own expectations and agenda’s are the true key to waiting.
Question: How many times has this been our response, pushing our own agenda’s, during this pandemic? Missing the Promise of the Father found in the baptism of the Holy Spirit by not waiting on His leading?
Key Thought: As we Shelter in place in our homes, are we waiting for the Promise of the Father that’s found in the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s in this place that the Holy Spirit can adjust and empower us as we learn the true art of waiting, which leads to repentance. Where we turn from our own agenda’s and return to trusting in God’s timing and fulfillment of His promises in our lives.