Bella Vista
Assembly of God Church

Fresh Wind

Hillsong Worship

And it shall come to pass afterward,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

your old men shall dream dreams,

your young men shall see visions.

Even on male and female servants

in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

(Joel 2:28-29)

Prophecies, dreams, visions, and a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit! Is anyone else excited to read these words?? I certainly am! My mind goes to times I’ve spent at an altar or a piano, alone with God (regardless of if anyone else is in the room) and just felt His beautiful presence wash over me as I worshipped Him without another care in the world for that moment in time. Sometimes a word of prophecy came (a couple that led me to come to BVAG, actually), sometimes a new idea was born out of that time with Him, and sometimes I just walked away feeling refreshed and at peace. I hope you too can recall those times in your own walk with the Lord. 

These words sit in the middle of the prophetic book of Joel in the Old Testament of the Bible. It’s a pretty familiar passage to those of us who have been around pentecostal churches for any length of time. What’s maybe a little less familiar are the verses that precede this passage. The scene Joel describes is one of massive loss and destruction; everything has been destroyed by locusts. What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust ate; what the swarming locust left, the hopping locust ate; and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust devoured. The people of the land are groaning in lament and God, through Joel, calls them to repentance. He calls them to fast, to weep, and to call upon the Lord before they are completely destroyed. He beckons them to repent of their wicked ways and return to God. Though their sin has brought them to this place of torment, He reminds them that God is gracious and merciful, and will take pity on them and restore what has been lost. 

THEN - or “it shall come to pass afterward” - God says that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh: on men and women. Men and women who have wept. Who have fasted and prayed. Men and women who felt the consequences of their sin and were willing to turn from their wicked ways. He promised that His Spirit would fall on men and women who, from a place of repentance and obedience, come to Him ready to allow Him to change their ways. Verse 32 says, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

In preparing for our upcoming Sunday night services (beginning July 11 at 6PM), I’ve been asking the Lord for a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit as we worship, as we hear from His Word, and as we respond. My first thoughts were of those sweet times at the piano or the altar that I described above.

But, as I dig into scripture, I see that His Spirit’s move is about a great deal more than feeling good when I leave church.

My life doesn’t appear to be in destruction, thankfully, and yet I must ask myself - of what do I need to repent? What are areas where sin has eaten up what God gave me for His purpose? Have I fasted and prayed, asking God to reveal what parts of me I need to return to Him? All of this leads me to this question: Are people coming to Jesus because they know me? 

Let’s come READY for God to pour out His Spirit on Sunday nights, Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, Tuesday Bible studies, Saturday prayer meetings, and daily personal times with God. Hearts that are willing to repent of anything that does not please God. Lives fully and completely surrendered to Him. May we be used to point the lost to the Savior. When we ask for the Fresh Wind of His Spirit, let’s be ready for the change He’s bringing with it. Lord, let that change begin in me today!

We need a fresh wind, the fragrance of heaven

Pour Your Spirit out, Pour Your Spirit out

A holy anointing, the power of Your presence

Pour Your Spirit out, Pour Your Spirit out 

Let all the redeemed

Prophesy and sing

We can hear the wind

Blowing, blowing, blowing

Move upon our praise

Sons and daughters sing

We can hear the wind

Blowing, blowing, blowing ​​​​​​​