“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:28, 29).
Before Jesus, the Holy Spirit never lived in anyone. He came upon prophets and kings for special assignments. No one could hear God without Him speaking the expressly through the prophets. God only did mighty works through the prophets.
The man Moses wished for a time when everyone could have the spirit of God and thus be equipped for ministry. The prophet Joel prophesied about this in today’s text above.
These are the days he prophesied about. Peter confirms this in Acts 2:17-19. Now the Holy Spirit now lives in you. You can have a personal relationship with God by the spirit. You can study God’s word and understand. God can speak to you by His spirit. He works miracles through you by his spirit. There are major implications for this, but let us talk about two of them today.
The first is that you must be conscious of your charismatic ministry as a believer. Ananias was not a pastor. He was a brother, just like you. Yet he saw a vision, and laid hands on Paul to receive his sight. What should you do when someone needs a miracle around you? Recognize that you have the solution on your inside.
We also need to discuss the role of the prophet in the New Testament. Your prophet, pastor or teacher has one major assignment. This is clear in Ephesians 4: 11,12: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
By all means, you need a man of God even in this dispensation. But his role is teach you God’s word and prepare you for the work of the ministry. The role of the New Testament prophet is to fan the flames of your charismatic ministry.