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The Outpouring Part 2

“It’s in the waiting.”


Acts 1

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2

The promise of the Holy Spirit is fulfilled.

Why is there an entire chapter of waiting between the promise being spoken and the promise being fulfilled?

Why did Jesus’ followers have to wait for such an amazing promise to be fulfilled? Why not fill the 500 people listening to Jesus’ words in the moment?

Here’s why: 500 people were told to wait. 120 actually waited for the Holy Spirit.

Did God make them wait because He knew some were not ready?

Think on this:

Matthew 15:10-11

“And he called the people to him and said to them, ‘Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.'”

If the Holy Spirit going into the people would not defile them, would what could have come out of them defiled them because they were not ready? Was the magnitude of the promised Holy Spirit too much for some of these people listening?

Remember: 500 people heard the promise, only 120 were found waiting to see the promise fulfilled.

Back in Acts 1, as Jesus was promising the Holy Spirit to his followers, some of the people asked, “Are you now going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

The people were concerned with what was happening in the now, not what Jesus told them to wait for. 

They were blinded by short-sightedness. 

Sometimes, the greatest spiritual discipline is to wait.

Isaiah 40:31

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.”

During the 10 days of waiting for the Holy Spirit, what did Jesus’ followers do?

Here’s an idea:

James 5:16

 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

What if Jesus’ followers spent 10 days confessing, forgiving, and praying for one another as they waited to see their promise fulfilled?

God’s word to Revivify:

“Unconfessed sin is killing my people.”

Luke 17:11

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

10 lepers were healed, only one returned to give glory to Jesus.

Their healing happened in their obedience.

 James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

God cannot heal what we don’t first reveal. 

Main Points

Our waiting season is for a reason. In your waiting: Examine yourself, confess hidden sin, commit yourself to prayer. 

Don’t allow unconfessed sin to kill you spiritually. Find a friend you can confide in and be honest with what you’re walking through. 

Waiting is a spiritual discipline. Let God work in you and through you while you are waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. The end result is always worth the wait!