When the Holy Spirit comes into a person, it comes very quickly.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 (NASB)
I was blessed to meet some people in person who have recently heard the call to come out of Babylon. It was an even more special blessing because one of the new brethren was helped in his walk by this ministry. Being able to meet someone who has been helped by the work here is very encouraging!
Since we are inside of the weeks to count for Pentecost, it seems appropriate to identify the parallels with the first century Christians and those who are called out today. When the Spirit descended upon the first ones, they immediately began to preach the truth. The Spirit gave them the power to speak in the native tongues of all in attendance so as to reach as many as possible. As the first century Christians went out to preach the gospel, they did so with authority. They completely left their lives in the hands of the Almighty. Which brings to mind these verses:
saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day. “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels”But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:22-27 (NASB)
It is a marvelous thing to witness when the veil is lifted and brethren hear the call. But when we hear the call, we start to act in an odd way to the world. When the Gentiles received the Spirit in the first century, they started attending synagogue and adopted the ways of Yahweh, just like we do today. We give up the traditional Christian-ized holidays and adopt God’s appointed times. We change our diets to exclude the unclean meats. We are willing to examine everything, holding fast only to the truth, and nothing can stop us. Even conflict within our own families can’t stop us from following Yahweh into all truth, although these conflicts are often sad and create much stress.
And it seems so simple; just do what the book says. It’s so easy. It’s so liberating. It is true freedom – the freedom that Christ Jesus gave us to come directly to His Father. The veil was torn when He died signifying the pathway to the Holy of Holies is open for all. The New Covenant is shown by the writing of the law on our hearts and is evident by our behavior – complete surrender to the One who made it all, and the spirit, the Helper sent by Yeshua, works in us very quickly.