“I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL PEOPLE. YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY, YOUR OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS, YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS. EVEN ON MY SERVANTS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT IN THOSE DAYS. I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE EARTH, BLOOD AND FIRE AND BILLOWS OF SMOKE. THE SUN WILL BE TURNED TO DARKNESS AND THE MOON TO BLOOD BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. AND EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED; FOR ON MOUNT ZION AND IN JERUSALEM THERE WILL BE DELIVERANCE, AS THE LORD HAS SAID, AMONG THE SURVIORS WHOM THE LORD CALLS.” Joel 2:28-32
What a great day we experianced on Jan. 20th as we witnessed the swearing in of our 44th president Barack Obama. This was a day that many people of color felt they would never see but as we who know and love the LORD knew that this day was for a time as this. For in the fullness of time we get to step into the destiny that OUR LORD HAS PROVIDED FOR HIS PEOPLE. This bible study is to show us just how all of this has been put into place since the days of the prophet Joel. Our study scripture just happens to be one of my favorites. This scripture was used the day of my ordination to allow the baptist world to see that we (ladies of CHRIST) are called to preach as well as the men. Taking our study scripture by scripture we begin with verse 28th: “AND AFTERWARD, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL PEOPLE. YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY, YOUR OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS, YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS. The prophet Joel during the possible years of 835-830 wrote during a time in the history of Israel when they were faced with two recent natural disasters and the imminent potential of a foreign military invasion of Judah. He spoke and wrote with a threefold purpose. 1. To bring the people together before the Lord in a great sacred assembly. 2. To exhort the people to repent and humbly return to the Lord God with fasting, weeping, mourning and intercession for God’s mercy. 3. To record God’s prophetic word to his people on the occasion of their sincere repentance. When we take a look at the times that Joel was faced with it looks like our present times. Joel during that time predicted a day when GOD would pour out his SPIRIT on everyone who calls on the name of the LORD. Those of us who witnessed the election of our current president are feeling just that. We are feeling the presence of the LORD. Joel predicted that this outpouring of GOD’S SPIRIT would result in a charismatic flow and prophetic manifestations of HIS SPIRIT among HIS people.
As we watched with hope and a sense of peace our 44th president take office we felt the SPIRIT OF THE LORD FLOW TO ALL OF HIS PEOPLE. We watched all people come together no matter what their back grounds were. It didn’t matter if they were black, white, red or yellow we just knew that we were Americans and people of THE MOST HIGH GOD. The beauty of Joel’s prophecy is that it is an ongoing promise to all who accept CHRIST AS LORD. All believers can and should be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. Joel could see that GOD’S SONS AS WELL AS HIS DAUGHTERS SHOULD PROPHESY. In other words this is our time to get out and allow the SPIRIT OF THE LORD TO LEAD US TO ALL TRUTH. This is a time to do WHAT THUS SAYS THE LORD. Following the lead of President Obama who really didn’t stand a chance in the world on the natural to be president of the United States stepped into the GLORY OF GOD. By one man taking a step for the WILL OF GOD caused the entire world to become united. Only the SPIRIT OF THE LORD COULD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. We are GOD’S CHILDREN and now is the time to allow HIS SPIRIT TO GOVERN US. The gifts of THE HOLY SPIRIT is the primary results of this outpouring. As we start walking in the gifts of THE HOLY SPIRIT we will see manifestations of OUR LORD IN THE WORLD.
GOD IS SAYING NEVER AGAIN WILL HIS PEOPLD BE SHAMED. This is our time and we are the generation that he prepared for a time such as this. GOD is really among us and we have to show the world that HE IS HERE. The DAY OF THE LORD is coming however right now the church most show the strength that has been given to us by LORD JESUS. We must utilize the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT. Each of GOD’S PEOPLE has an assignment. We all have something to do. Now is the time to do it. As president Obama has done its our time to do the same. Yours may not be to be president but yours maybe to simply to tell one person about OUR LORD. The point is that now is the time as GOD POURS OUT HIS SPIRIT to do HIS WILL. I for one have been given many assignments that until now I have just not stepped into them. No longer will I just sit around dreaming or wishing. I will now study and learn the things that will allow me to do my given assignment. I will not allow anyone or anything to stop the move of THE LORD in my life at this time.
When we look at our last verse it states “AND EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED; FOR ON MOUNT ZION AND IN JERUSALEM THERE WILL BE DELIVERANCE, AS THE LORD HAS SAID, AMONG THE SURVIVORS WHOM THE LORD CALLS…verse 32. GOD HAS NOW POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT on all people. Jews and Gentiles alike. This is a time of great calling on the name of the LORD in the earth. The goal and purpose of the end-time outpouring of HIS SPIRIT is a great end-time out pouring of HIS SPIRIT TO ALL. We should be out obtaining the great end-time harvest of salvation among the nations. We should be doing and living the word instead of just talking and giving lip service. There are many that are ripe for the picking. They are looking for something or someone to complete them. That is why evil has attempted to make its ugly mark on our children and unsaved love ones. Evil can feel the SPIRIT AND MOVE OF OUR LORD and knows that their time is short. We have no more time to be involved in things that will take our focus away from the LORD. HE IS DEPENDING ON HIS TRUE FAITHFUL CHILDREN TO GROW UP AND WALK. James said that you can’t just have faith and no works. Its time for the children of THE MOST HIGH to stop their foolishness and walk in their destiny. No matter what that destiny is. We need to take the lead from our current leader our President and see that it was not easy for him and it won’t be all smooth sailing but he was called to do a great work and he has stepped into his destiny with the SPIRIT OF THE LORD LEADING HIM AND HE WILL NOT LOOK BACK. He and his family are moving forward and only listening to THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. Its time my friends. Ask FATHER GOD WHAT YOUR ASSIGNMENT IS AND THEN JUST DO IT. Take that first step into HIS WILL AND THEN WALK IN YOUR DESTINY.
This concludes our bible study. As always continue to read the verses on your own. Take the time to fellowship with JESUS and ask him to lead you to all truth. Then find out your assignment and do it. As all ways we are here if you have any questions or comments.