When God does something, there WILL BE results.
It Is For EVERYONE!Acts 2:17-18 – And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
In the full opening statement of our Text for Today, we read what God has said He would do. That is forever settled in heaven. What He has said He will do, He will do. But the remaining portion of our Text for Today lays out what can happen to and through EVERY believer, and WILL SURELY HAPPEN through SOME (prayerfully MANY). The question here is really this. What will you do to step into what the Lord has said will happen when He has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh?
He has said, “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.” Do you believe that? Are you holding fast to that word from the Lord? Are you praying to that end? Does the confession of your faith over your children hold fast to that word, regardless of what you may see in the life of your child at this point in time? God has said it. That settles it. Hold fast to it. Confess it over your children. Thank God for it. We surely need it to happen in our homes, churches, and in our world today.
He has also said, “your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” While today I do not focus on “visions” and “dreams,” I do focus on the truth that our God will use all ages. “Sons” and “daughters” indicate all genders, and “old” and “young” indicate all ages. Oh, the joy in knowing that regardless of gender or age, God not only CAN use you, but He DESIRES to use you.
But, my friend, He not only opens the floodgates for gender and age, but of any other classification man may have, especially ethnicity or social status. Father likewise said, “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” While the arenas of human grouping of gender and age have already by addressed in our Text for Today, we now examine a far more sensitive arena of ethno-social status. “Servants” and “handmaidens” speaks directly to status. In first century Jerusalem, that could indicate indentured servants, bond servants, and even slaves, both male and female. And today, as well as then, employees would be included. That is not to say that being an employee is indicative of being “lower class,” but referring rather to being someone who is not in control; someone who is required to be submitted to a business owner, supervisor, or boss in some way. In short, NO ONE is left out. EVERYONE, WHOSOEVER WILL is included in this great word.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 10:13