Joel 2:28-29 “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
For the first time, God made the promise mankind could enjoy His personal presence individually through the Holy Spirit. This was a crucial step in God’s mission of making man in His image; the Israelites enjoyed God’s presence in a corporate sense as He dwelt with them in the tabernacle, and later the temple. But God had much more in mind than a mere corporate presence. He wanted a personal relationship with each of His people.
God announces that He would be the administrator of the promise: that is to “pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh.” Looking closer at this prophesy we see several other important items regarding this announcement. Prophet Joel mentions the time in which it will occur: that is (“it will come to pass in latter times or in the last days”). He also mentions the recipients of this out pouring of the spirit: (“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.”). He also speaks of the signs which will tell us of its fulfillment: that is the manifestations of the spirit (“and they shall prophesy, dream dreams, and see visions.”).
We have been saved to soar like eagles, not crawl like crickets. We have been won to win, and we have been converted to conquer. As Christians, we choose whether to run in victory or roll over in defeat. Those are our choices. Which choices are you making today?
We will never feel the true joy of Godly passion without immersing ourselves in His word and without getting into the habit of praising Him for everything. If we have no time to do this, we will certainly have no time to be a follower of Jesus.
Spiritual renewal is a process that must continue until Christ returns. We must continually seek to be renewed because we are continually in need of renewal. It cannot be otherwise, because we are constantly at war, striving and contending with the world, and the flesh, and the devil; the Bible says that we are aliens and strangers, passing through a land that is not our true home. And that is deeply wearying to both body and soul as Paul writes “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:6).