Priority Time 2020: Day 5 – Acts 2:1-13 (Part 2)

Acts 2:1-4
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [languages] as the Spirit gave them utterance. [Parentheses added.]

When the Holy Spirit came, He came in an impressive, undeniable, and powerful way. And although we’re told what happened, we aren’t told how it happened.

  • A sound like a mighty rushing wind…
  • filled the entire house.
  • Tongues of fire appeared and rested on them.
  • They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak to one another in their native languages.

Acts 2:5-6
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.

Who was dwelling in Jerusalem?

  • Jews.
  • Devout men from every nation.

What did the multitude do when they heard this sound?

  • They came together.

Why were they bewildered?

  • Because each one was hearing these men speak in their own language.
  • It was like the United Nations was gathered together and God gave people a supernatural ability to speak in their native language. Translators weren’t needed.
  • God was overcoming the language barrier to accomplish His purposes in this moment.

Acts 2:7-8
And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?”

What was the result?

  • They were amazed.
  • They were astonished.
  • I’d be amazed if I was on the mission field and could suddenly speak and understand the locals’ native language.

Acts 2:9-10
“Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome…”

This is simply a sampling of where all these people were from and all the different languages that needed to be spoken and understood.

Acts 2:11
“… both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

What were they telling about?

  • The mighty works of God.

What’s the biggest problem with most of Christianity today?

  • We’re missing the mighty works of God.

Why are we so quiet today?

  • We’re missing the mighty works of God.

Why are we so timid today?

  • We’re missing the mighty works of God.

If we were seeing and experiencing the mighty works of God, we couldn’t be silent.

  • We would stand up and speak up.

How do we rediscover the mighty works of God?

  • We must rediscover the Holy Spirit.
  • We must be filled with the Spirit, led by the Spirit, and empowered by the Spirit.

Are you hungry for the mighty works of God?

  • What’s the mightiest work God has ever done through you?
  • Are your mighty works consistent?
  • Are your mighty works increasing?
  • If not, why not?

Don’t worry – I’m asking myself these same questions, too. I want answers. I’m dissatisfied with a Christianity that only has good works of men instead of mighty works of God.

  • Do you hunger for more?
  • Are you placing yourself in the flow of God’s activity?
  • Are you finding out where God’s at work and joining Him?
  • Are you exercising your spiritual gifts?

Don’t expect more as an attendee! Don’t expect more as a consumer! That’s not how it works. Do you really want more? What’s the proof of desire?

Desire + Decisions = Discipline

If you don’t have more, it’s probably because you’re content with less. I want more of the Holy Spirit. More of His wind, His gifts, His mighty works.

I’d rather make the mistake of believing too much than too little. I’d rather make some mistakes along the way and have mighty works than not make any mistakes at all and only have good works. I’d rather risk being right than fear being wrong. This may sound weird, but ultimately, my mistakes will lead to mighty works.

Acts 2:12-13
And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Finally, notice that there are always critics who want to attribute the work of God to something else (“new wine”). There will always be critics and there will always be non-believers. Make sure you run with those who are running the race, not with those who are commentators and critics of the runners.

 

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