What can make a group of scared refugees the greatest fighting force on the planet? The answer is simple–God, this time in the form of the Holy Spirit. There sat a group of men and women, their leader ascended before their eyes to Heaven. They were anxious, hidden and gathered in one place, out of sight of the rest of the world. Then, with the sound of a hurricane, boom–God appeared and personally enabled each of the group to begin to change the world.
These people were not skilled theologians, they were not gifted evangelists. They were simply faithful believers in Christ-his mission and message! Upon the Spirit’s arrival, these once fearful disciples became transformed into an army of believers able to communicate the message of the Gospel to people all over the known world. They were empowered with boldness and enabled with the gift of speaking other languages that spanned the globe.
In our culture and time, we are also enabled and empowered to be transformed from fearful disciples to spirit-filled warriors. We simply have to believe that Christ came to save that which is lost and confess that news to any and everyone that will listen. It is our job to convey the truth, but, it is that same mighty Spirit’s job to change people’s heart. We are free from obligation to evangelize, but, as Christ becomes real in our lives, we are compelled to tell others the great news!
It quite simply boils down to this–It is not by might, not by power, but, by my Spirit says the Lord! Zachariah 4:6
God Bless You
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 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 and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”