√ Re·new·al: the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken
NIV Acts 2:2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…
• from the prophet Joel Acts 2:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people…21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
• from David the king 2:28 “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”
• from Peter 2:32 “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
A big part of renewal in a life of faith is having the courage to come to grips with the Holy Spirit. Identifying the Holy Spirit as wind is familiar but I’ve never noticed the word “violent” before [other versions use “mighty.”] The idea that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit might not be a gentle and virtually invisible interaction at all but the surgical removal of the sin within us that’s so violent it might even require fire to cauterize the wound. That’s just my theory. The truth is the moment the Holy Spirit enters into us the dramatic renewal and healing within us begins. ‘God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.”