Dancing With God (The Holy Spirit 3-Step)

Dancing With God (The Holy Spirit Three-Step)

I am reading through the Book of Acts for the fifth time in two months and asking God to show me why the early church had so much more passion and power than the 21st Century church.  A few days ago, as I reread the words of Jesus in chapter 1, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before — the Holy Spirit 3-step.

As Jesus is about to leave His disciples, He presents a pattern that is repeated often in the Book of Acts:  Rest, Receive, Respond.  Perhaps, if we would like to experience the acts of the Holy Spirit in out time and in our life, we should follow Jesus’ pattern.

* Rest)  Jesus tells them:  “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift . . .”  Before we jump up and start doing whatever we want, using our own power and strength, we need to wait for the Spirit to touch us, to comfort us, to empower us, and to give us specific instructions.

* Receive)  Next Jesus says:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you . . .”  As we “wait for the gift” we are waiting for the Holy Spirit (and what the New Testament calls “the gifts of the Spirit”).   We are waiting for the Spirit to prompt us with insight and guidance.  A phrase used in the Book of Acts is:  “The Spirit said to . . .”  In the Book of Revelation Jesus repeats this commandment several times:  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  Perhaps one reason the contemporary church lacks power is our failure to hear the Spirit’s direct promptings in our heart.

* Respond)  Finally Jesus says:  “. . . and you will be My witnesses.”  In other words, you will show and tell what you have seen and heard — you will do what the Spirit says — then as you follow and obey His specific instructions to you, you will become a demonstration of God’s power and life flowing through you.

Luke, the author of Acts, then adds:  “After He said this, He was taken up  before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.”  Then two angels asked the disciples what would seem to be a rather obvious thing:  “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?”

The disciples had just seen something that no one had every seen — Jesus vanishing behind a cloud.  They were in shock — astonished.  However, they needed to stop looking for Jesus in the sky and start waiting and listening for the Spirit in their heart.  There needed to be a shift from following the physical, external Jesus to following and obeying the internal Spirit of Christ — the Holy Spirit.

So 120 disciples (including Jesus’ mother Mary) waited in Jerusalem without an agenda or a program or liturgy or a bulletin.  They had no idea what was coming or how long the gift would take to arrive.  Then suddenly after 40 days of waiting all Heaven breaks loose (see the second chapter of Acts).

How we need a earthly breakout of Heaven in the 21st Century!  Not a another program or a new technique or a special class or a great teaching or a refreshed ritual or a Christian conference . . .  In this post-Christian world, we desperately need all Heaven to break loose.  “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” If not now, when?  If not you, who?

It is time to rest, receive, & respond.  Need help?  Four years ago a group began to meet in Nashville based on the 3 R’s of Jesus.  After praise and worship, we rest, then receive, and then respond — we individually listen, we hear, and then we each do whatever God tells us to.  The results are amazing.  The Presence of God is showing up every week in amazing ways.

Come see for yourself:  Sundays @ 10:45 & Thursdays @ 6:30; 225 Berry Street, Nashville, 37207 — The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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9 Responses to Dancing With God (The Holy Spirit 3-Step)

  1. glasseyedave says:

    I don’t think we do not have it because we miss the three steps. The church does this kind of stuff every day. The reason we do not have it is because we are not the kind of people they were in the book of acts or in the early church.

    We teach the grace of God is our sins nailed to the cross and that is it. Scripture teaches the grace of God is this, plus our old man being nailed to the cross with Christ, or old sin nature being buried with Christ, believers are to be raised to newness of life in Christ with His nature (new Adam) and no longer be slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness.

    Scripture say those who live by the Spirit and not the flesh are those who are not under condemnation.

    Scripture says Jesus has given eternal life to those who obey Him.

    Scripture say we are saved by the renewiing of the Holy Spirit.

    I could go on but I won’t.

    Bottom line is this, if we are His we have more than just our sins nailed to the cross, we ourselves have been nailed to the cross, our sin nature is dead and gone and the only nature for the church is to have His nature. All of this is the grace of God for we could do none of this on our own.

    But what do we have in the church today? Same amount of divorce, pornography, greed etc. It is so bad that 8 out of 10 evangelical youth have “no idea” how their faith impacts their daily lives. And yet we want to call ourselves His.

    We have a lot more to cover before we can tell the so called church to take the three steps to the Holy Spirit.



  2. Ross Rohde says:

    Excellent insights Steve. Thanks for sharing.

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