The Spirit is for Everyone
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 47 ‘Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’”
What happened at Pentecost was not just for the 120 followers assembled in the Upper Room. Nor was it only for the Jewish Believers in Jesus. The gift was available to all, even those the Jews considered outsiders, that is, the Gentiles.
A lot of us who have been in any form of bondage have at one time or another felt like outsiders too. But God is no respecter of persons, what He did for one He will do for all.
This particular case is somewhat noteworthy because the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit came upon those who heard Peter’s message even before he was finished. He didn’t even have an “altar call”. The Word went forth and the Spirit moved!
Those with Peter were convinced because they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit so thrills and empowers your spirit that you cannot help but praise God, and when you run out of words, the Spirit will pray through you supernaturally!
Think about the power of the Holy Spirit, and spend some time just praising God from your spirit. You will be uplifted, encouraged, renewed and refreshed.
Dive Deeper: Study Acts 10.