Spirit of Change
The Day of Pentecost is here. The Holy Spirit has descended in a Rushing Mighty Wind. It was so loud and brought about such amazing events that it drew a crowd that had varied Reactions to the Rushing Mighty Wind. And I have to wonder if I was there where would I fall on the spectrum?
Filled with the Holy Spirit?
There’s only one right answer, isn’t there? And yet so many of us are so uncomfortable with the phrase alone that we can’t say with certainty where we would’ve fell then because we aren’t certain where we fall now.
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?
Someone just shouted, “Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!” at their computer monitor! (Leave me a comment of what you really shouted if it was you!)
Someone simply nodded their head and whispered, “Yes.” (Can I get your response in the comment box, too?)
Someone else is reading this feeling discomfort. I can almost hear their thoughts. I don’t know. I don’t think so. I don’t believe in all that. I don’t think speaking in tongues is necessary or even backed up by Scripture. I’m just not comfortable with all of this.
Sisters and brothers, I’m not going to get into gifts of the Spirit today, but we must understand that if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior then we are filled with His Spirit. If we aren’t filled with His Spirit, we haven’t experienced salvation. I don’t speak in tongues, or at least I haven’t to this date in time. But I am absolutely filled with the Holy Spirit!!!
When we become Christians, we are CHANGED! When you are filled with the Spirit people will notice that you are different. You won’t behave the way you used to behave.
Peter was changed by his encounter with the Holy Spirit. Do you see it?
Mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, men speaking in tongues raising praises to God, and then mockers from the crowd, “Aw, just a buncha ole drunk men!”
And Peter stands and comes to the front. Speaking in tongues stops immediately. The “noise” from the wind is gone. The multitude of languages, gone. There is silence.
Peter doesn’t sit to teach as is custom. No, he stands. In the front.
He doesn’t speak softly as to instruct, but raises his voice with authority and addresses the crowd.
Peter has no scrolls. No prepared message. He had no intent of preaching to anyone, let alone the masses, when he awoke that morning.
Peter did not begin his sermon with an apology that their spontaneous praise service disrupted common business. He didn’t begin with an invitation to stay and hear the Word of God.
No, Peter boldly proclaim, “Listen up and understand what I say.”
Wow. From denying the Savior to a few to preaching to the masses in just a few days. Changed.
Being filled by the Spirit changed Peter.
He goes on, before even getting to Scripture, to address to allegation that they are drunk. Most Jews would not eat or drink until after the third hour of the day because that time was reserved for prayer. These men wouldn’t have partaken of anything, let alone wine, before that time of day.
When we are filled with the Spirit we are changed. People will notice and be drawn to us. Sure, they may be drawn to us at first just to mock us and make fun of us.
But guess what?
That’s when we get to be like Peter and let the Spirit give us the words to preach the sermon! No notes. No pre-packaged study program. Just the Holy Spirit leading us to lead someone else.
If the Spirit has been dealing with you and you’d like someone to talk with or pray with, I’d love to counsel with you. Spiritual matters are personal. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you aren’t comfortable leaving your needs as a comment.