“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them separated tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” –Acts 2:1-4
Fifty days after the Lord’s resurrection, while the apostles gathered in a house, the Holy Spirit came upon them like a rushing mighty wind and descended on each of them like tongues of fire. Suddenly, the power of God moved in them and they began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Apostle Peter, moved by the Spirit, delivered a stirring message to the crowd and in that same day, three thousand souls believed.
Spiritual infilling is indeed indescribable. You feel so close to God that you do not want to let go. You feel so at peace, so loved and you begin to look at people around you with love and compassion.
The Spirit of God has the power that breaks through all barriers. The fact that the Holy Spirit has caused the apostles to preach the gospel in foreign languages means that God has poured out His love not only to the Jews but also to all people regardless of race, culture, and even gender. This power melts the heart of steel and causes it to beat for Christ alone.
Observe the text; it all has happened suddenly. It is not a pre-scheduled event; it has all been suddenly. This best describes the act of God, utterly unexpected.
Suddenly, we find a new meaning and purpose, a new life and a lofty task that would change a broken life into something good and for good. We have been filled not just for the sake of being filled but also to be used and emptied for the glory of God and be filled up again.
May 23 is Pentecost Sunday, which marks the beginning of the Christian church. As Spirit-filled believers, let us rekindle in our hearts the Holy Tongues of Fire as we continue to move as the Spirit leads in reaching out to those who need the Lord in their lives; that they may come to know Jesus in a personal way and receive the power that will change their lives for good.
Condensed from: Pentecost Sunday sermon by Rev Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro United Methodist Church
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