“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” [Acts 13:52]
A few days ago I was participating in a special service in the mountains. A number of ministers were there to take part and all spoke as God had led them. But, suddenly an elderly man stood behind the pulpit, no suit and tie, no copious notes, just an ordinary man who opened his mouth, the anointing flowed and the Word of the Lord was spoken. Scripture after scripture came forth without a glance at the bible. No commentary reference, no theological explanations, no historical background—nothing but the pure Word of God. Oh what a JOY to my heart it was. I was instantly reminded of my early years as a young female minister and preacher in England. The men and women that God surrounded me with were of the same ilk—God breathing, God loving preachers full of the Holy Ghost. I like that name, I was raised on it, and it reminds me of who I am.
That destination in kingdom living comes by traveling one road with one doorway—the doorway and destination of prayer. Prayer says Theophan the Recluse is: “To descend with the mind into the heart, and there to stand before the face of the Lord, ever-present, all seeing, within you.” There is no greater JOY than this, to know that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, lives within you. Some time back having declined an offer from others to ‘help’ the ministry it was said, “Doesn’t she know who we are”. My first and only response was…”when you have audience with the King of Kings, you are never easily impressed!
It is His JOY that permeates those that are filled with the Holy Spirit. Of course there were immediate repercussions for these disciples—the religious leaders, men and women stirred up persecution against the disciples—so they just shook the dust from their feet and moved on…filled with JOY and the Holy Spirit.
Further reading: Acts 13; John 14: 15-24;