Acts 2:1-4

1 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.

The apostles and others, about 120 in total, gather daily in the upper room for prayer, Bible Study, to wait the coming Spirit, promised by Jesus. It has been 10 days since Jesus ascended to heaven. The waiting must have been difficult for them, but they waited. From chapter one and verse one of chapter two, we know several things about those who were gathered.
1. They were praying.
2. They were studying the scripture
3.. They were all together.
4. They were being obedient to do the last thing Jesus told them to do. They did not get ahead of the Spirit. The Spirit came at just the right time, the fulfillment of time.

When the Spirit came into the room, He made His presence known. There were two signs of his coming.

First, the sound of a mighty rushing wind. The HCSB text calls it a violent, rushing wind. That is the sound we might associate with a hurricane in Houston, or a tornado in West Texas. It is thunderous, loud, threatening, strong. Wind has often been associated with the presence of God and specifically with the Spirit of God. Even from the first mention of God breathing into man and giving him life in the garden, wind has been associated with God. The vision of Ezekiel of the valley of dry bones had the spirit of God breathing life into those dead bones. Jesus, in his conversation with Nicodemus, said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) The Spirit came into the room like a mighty wind.

He also came with fire. They saw fire separate and come to rest on each of them, in a shape like a tongue. Fire has also been associated with God. We may immediately think of God’s judgment, but most prominent is the experience of Moses who met God in the burning bush that was on fire but not consumed. (There is a lesson in that for us.) It was that fire that became the representation to Moses of his own personal experience with God. Now, for the apostles and those gathered in that room, the wind of Adam, Ezekiel, and Nicodemus and the fire of Moses has been made known to them as the presence of the Holy Spirit. He has made his presence known to them in a great way.

In the same way, when the Spirit comes on you, He will make his presence known. That is not to say that He will come with the sound of a rushing wind, but He may. That is not to say that He will display fire above your head, though He might. It is to say for sure, that when He comes to you He will be sure that others know that He is there. The Spirit will make His presence known for two reasons.
1. So that you may be changed into His likeness and give God praise. Without the Spirit of God on your life you will not be able to become the man, woman, husband, wife, child that God has called you to be. His Spirit makes His presence known in your life to change you into His person.
2. So that those who are lost may see the work of God for the work of God and give Him praise. God will not share His glory. He will make His presence known in you so that when others see you change into a person of God they will know why, how and who.

Acts 1:8

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

That every Christian has the Holy Spirit in their life though does not mean that every Christian sees the work of the Spirit in their life.

The promise of the Holy Spirit is sure, but the work of the Holy Spirit through our lives is dependent upon our subsequent obedience and submission to the will of God. As we become witnesses of God, from God, to God we see the power of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes on you, you receive power to be witnesses. That is to say, that in the midst of witnessing you are empowered. This is not the same as we might think of powering your car. You put gas into your car and then your car is able to move. It is that the power supply is always present and when you begin witnessing you see the results of the power in your life.

If you feel that as a Christian your life is listless, that you have no ability to do anything and that God is not using you. I will tell you that you ability is linked to the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you are genuinely saved, than the Spirit is there. If he is there then you have the ability to do whatever it is that He places before you. So then your listless life is not due to a lack of ability but a lack of obedience and submission. Become a witness to God and you will see the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Consider this, why would the Spirit empower you to live just as everyone else who is not a Christian lives? What would be the point? Do not sit on the couch waiting for some kind of vision or great spiritual awakening, rather, become obedient to what the Spirit is leading you to do and see His power. Real life occurs when we step out in faith without seeing the power of God but knowing that the Spirit has been given and his power promised. It is then that you will really discover what Jesus meant when he said, “I have come that you might have abundant life,” and “you will do greater things that I.”

Acts 1:4-5 – the beginning of a devotion series

4 While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “This,” [He said, “is what] you heard from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

You can do nothing to receive the gift of the Spirit. Only believe and God will send himself to you. Paul talks about the Spirit being a seal, a deposit, a guarantee of God’s hold on your life and his promise to take you to be with him one day. The Holy Spirit comes into our lives from God, who gives Himself to us freely, so that we may know that what has been promised in the future will surely come to pass for that which has been promised in the present has come. This is a free gift to you.

When you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior the Holy Spirit comes into your life. When the Spirit comes into your life he comes to submerge you into the presence of God.

The picture that Jesus uses is of baptism and specifically the baptism of John. Baptism is a word which denote total submersion, immersion under the water. Everytime it is used in scripture the word translated baptism means a person or object being placed under water. This is the picture that Jesus uses to describe what happens when you are given the Holy Spirit. He says that the disciples, and those following, will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. That is, they will be submerged in the Holy Spirit. I think that the picture here is important. We should not think that when we become Christians we receive some of God and that as we grow we get more of God. When you get God you get all of Him. He gives himself totally to you. Now you do grow in your walk with Him, becoming more aware of His presence and His work in your life, but he does not come to you in stages. God gives of Himself to you totally.