gift of spirit
After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will have dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on servants, both men and women."— Joel 2:28-29
Our verses for today were the first Bible verses that the Apostle Peter quoted when he gave his sermon on Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2:14-41). The godly Jews from around the world who were present in Jerusalem at the time wondered how the Apostles could proclaim great things about God in their own languages. Peter cited the words of the prophet Joel to explain it to them. It was the pouring out of the Holy Spirit that Joel had prophesied.
Jesus himself had promised His disciples that He would send them the "Helper from the Father," that is, the Holy Spirit (John 15:26). Jesus had also told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they had been "baptized with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:4-5). In Old Testament times the Holy Spirit was usually only given to special people, at special times, and for special purposes. At Pentecost, in contrast, the Holy Spirit was for the first time poured out as a permanent possession for everyone who believed the gospel message.
The Spirit was poured out on "all kinds of people," "men and women," and even "servants." In point of fact, ever since Pentecost the Holy Spirit has been given to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and the gospel message. There are no longer any barriers to the reception of the Holy Spirit. Anyone and everyone who believes receive His supernatural help and empowerment.
There are many possible manifestations of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Joel specifically singles out three of them for mention: prophecy, dreams, and visions. The people of God, therefore, should not be surprised if the Holy Spirit gives them a prophetic word, like He gave Agabus (Acts 11:27-30), or a dream, like He gave Paul (Acts 16:9-10), or a vision, like Peter (Acts 10:9-16). Indeed, the people of God should not be surprised if the Holy Spirit gives them any of the possible manifestations of His presence. After all, the Holy Spirit is a supernatural source of help working inside of us.
The Holy Spirit has been poured into you. Don't be surprised, then, if His supernatural expressions manifest themselves in your life.