It Is For Everyone

When God does something, there WILL BE results.

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It Is For EVERYONE!Acts 2:17-18 – And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

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In the full opening statement of our Text for Today, we read what God has said He would do.  That is forever settled in heaven.  What He has said He will do, He will do.  But the remaining portion of our Text for Today lays out what can happen to and through EVERY believer, and WILL SURELY HAPPEN through SOME (prayerfully MANY).  The question here is really this.  What will you do to step into what the Lord has said will happen when He has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh?

He has said, “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.”  Do you believe that?  Are you holding fast to that word from the Lord?  Are you praying to that end?  Does the confession of your faith over your children hold fast to that word, regardless of what you may see in the life of your child at this point in time?  God has said it.  That settles it.  Hold fast to it.  Confess it over your children.  Thank God for it.  We surely need it to happen in our homes, churches, and in our world today.

He has also said, “your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”  While today I do not focus on “visions” and “dreams,” I do focus on the truth that our God will use all ages.  “Sons” and “daughters” indicate all genders, and “old” and “young” indicate all ages.  Oh, the joy in knowing that regardless of gender or age, God not only CAN use you, but He DESIRES to use you.

But, my friend, He not only opens the floodgates for gender and age, but of any other classification man may have, especially ethnicity or social status.  Father likewise said, “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”  While the arenas of human grouping of gender and age have already by addressed in our Text for Today, we now examine a far more sensitive arena of ethno-social status.  “Servants” and “handmaidens” speaks directly to status.  In first century Jerusalem, that could indicate indentured servants, bond servants, and even slaves, both male and female.  And today, as well as then, employees would be included.  That is not to say that being an employee is indicative of being “lower class,” but referring rather to being someone who is not in control; someone who is required to be submitted to a business owner, supervisor, or boss in some way. In short, NO ONE is left out.  EVERYONE, WHOSOEVER WILL is included in this great word.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 10:13

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If God Said It…..

If God said it shall come to pass, then it SHALL COME TO PASS.

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Acts 2:17 – And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:

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Our Text for Today is one of the most powerful PROMISE PASSAGES in the Scriptures.  Let’s break it down for some examination today.  First, see the phrase, “it shall come to pass.”  In the English language, there are no greater nor more powerful words of affirmation for establishing an absolute than the words “shall” or “will.”  When we read or hear the words “it shall come to pass,” that eliminates all other possibilities.  That declaration is a statement of fixed intent about which nothing can be done to prevent it.  I fully realize that man can make that statement, and many things may hinder or prevent it from being carried out.  After all, man if fallible, limited, and on his own, incapable of the supernatural empowerment necessary to back up such a declaration. 

And when shall it come to pass?  “…in the last days.”  Following such a declaration, a statement of the time in which it shall happen also becomes a fixed matter towards accomplishment.  “…in the last days” means exactly what it says, and from it, because “it shall come to pass,” there can be no turning.

Next. we examine WHO said it.  In this case, it was not a man, an angel or demon, or even someone called to the work of the ministry.  It was spoken by God Himself.  If God said it, that settles it.  It is eternally fixed, unchangeable, unalterable.  The Word of God is absolute truth and is settled forever in heaven.  God is upholding all things by the Word of His power.  The Word of God will NEVER fail. 

And the final phrase, and oh how powerful it is.  “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.”  Read it again.  “I” – God Himself will do this thing.  “WILL” – it is an action fixed to happen; it cannot be voided.  “POUR OUT” – not a trickle, not a stream, not a river, but rivers; a flood; a dynamic that is massive, in great volume, immeasurable.  “OF MY SPIRIT” – this is personal with God.  This is His Spirit; Holy Ghost; Inspirer of the Word; Agent of the new birth; the glory of God.  “UPON ALL FLESH” – this is NOT to the Jew only.  This is to ALL men; to whosoever will; to every child of God; to all who will ask.

My friend, this is rejoicing territory.  It really can’t get any better as it regards promises from Father.  The promise has been made.  It is fixed and settled forever.  All you need to do is believe, ask, and receive.  Go ahead, and make this a marvelously great day!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Joshua 1:6-9; Isaiah 55:11; Mark 13:31; Hebrews 1:3; Joel 2

The Beginning of Business

The church is in dire need of a fresh “third hour” manifestation before the world.

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Acts 2:15 – For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

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On that first Pentecost Sunday, just 40-days following the crucifixion of our Lord, we know a great deal about what happened, but there are still some things we don’t know.  This much we DO know.  The manifestation of Holy Ghost in and upon the 120 in the upper room, along with the sound of the arrival of Holy Ghost in Pentecostal measure, created quite a stir, that when noised abroad, caused quite a gathering (more than 3,000 people from at least 17 nations).  And when that multitude came together, it appeared to them that the 120 from the upper room were indeed under the influence of what appeared to be “new wine.”  But Peter corrected that assumption quickly, but I find his words interesting, to say the least.  Read our Text for Today.  Peter said, “these are not drunken, AS YE SUPPOSE….”  Note, he did NOT say simply that “these are not drunken.”  Rather he added the phrase, “AS YE SUPPOSE….”  In other words, Peter acknowledged that they WERE DRUNKEN, but NOT with new wine, but rather with the influence of Holy Ghost. 

Now read further.  “…it [was] is but the third hour of the day.”  That would have been about 9 AM.  In America, this is the hour at which banks open for business, and many other businesses operate by that same starting time.  We could say, Holy Ghost came on the scene at the beginning of business.  We might even say He was waiting for the work day to begin, for that is precisely what He was doing.  That has been His work from the very beginning.  Read Genesis 1.  Before Father ever spoke the words, “Light be,” Holy Ghost was present, waiting to manifest Himself in power at Father’s Word.  In Genesis 1:2, before Father ever spoke, we read that Holy Ghost “moved upon the face of the waters.”  The word “waters” is a prophetic type of peoples.  On the day of Pentecost, Holy Ghost, Who is omnipresent, was indeed, already present.  He was moving on the “face of the waters;” He was moving, not only ready to manifest Himself upon those in the upper room, but in drawing together the multitude in which the first 3,000 converts of the church stood.  And when Peter came out, a newly minted child of God, an apostle of the Lamb, and spoke God’s Word, Holy Ghost acted on that Word just as He had Father’s in Genesis 1. 

It’s time now for you and me to stand up, step forth, and speak boldly the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Holy Ghost still moves over the face of the waters.  He still waits for the authority of God’s Word to issue forth.  He still waits for the beginning of business for the church.  He’s already here in fullness and power.  He is simply waiting to manifest Himself in fullness and power.  The church is now open for business.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Acts 2:6; Ephesians 5:1-21

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Hearken

Faith, pleasing God, hearing the Word of God; they all go inextricably together; inseparable for function.

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Acts 2:14 – But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

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On the day in which Jesus taught what is certainly one of His most foundational doctrines, the doctrine of “the sower soweth the word,” He began His teaching with two powerful, broadly encompassing commands; “HEARKEN” and “BEHOLD.”  The word “HEARKEN” means to listen intently.  To listen intently indicates listening that is void of distractions; listening that is purposeful to hear clearly.  The word “BEHOLD” means to gaze at intently.  Both words indicate doing something with purposeful intensity to gain accuracy and clarity in perception and understanding. 

Now look at Peter’s opening command.  After his infilling of Holy Ghost in the upper room, he came forth with the first Pentecost day sermon.  Consider his opening statement.  He addressed those to whom he spoke, told them he was about to say something they really needed to know, and then gave a single command – “hearken to my words.”  Again and again throughout the Scriptures we see this urgent command repeated in one way or another; “hearken;” “attend to my words;” “meditate;” “he that hath ears to hear, let him hear;” and so many more.  It seems to me that in the eyes of God, our hearkening, or listening and taking heed to what He says is critically important for us to be able to live the life He desires for us in this world.

Think of this short litany on the topic of hearing.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.  It is imperative upon the believer that he/she please Father.  No one wants to hear from the Father, “depart from Me, ye who work iniquity,” or “depart from Me, I never knew you.”  We are born again by the seed of the Word of God.  We are made clean by the washing of the water of the Word.  He sent His Word and healed and delivered those who would receive it.  We can read it for ourselves, but faith comes by hearing.  Once again, it seems to me that HEARING THE WORD is critically important for all people, and especially the believer. 

Hear, my beloved friend, hear!  Allow the Word of God to work in your spirit and soul, to bring clarity to your heart and mind, to bring deliverance and healing to your whole being, to build your faith, to light your path, to illuminate your life, to save your soul, be the spirit and truth you need to live well in this life.  Hear, my beloved friend, hear!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Romans 10:6-17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Genesis 1; Joshua 1:6-9;    Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8; Luke 14:35; Mark 4:3

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Full Indeed

Sometimes people stumble upon speaking truth without truly knowing what they’ve said.

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Acts 2:13 – Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

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It was the day of Pentecost.  Being fully come, Holy Ghost was poured out by God from heaven, and 120 people in the upper room were immediately transformed into sons of God and filled with Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues as Holy Ghost gave utterance.  This was noised abroad, and when the great crowd of more than 3,000 gathered, many said that the “transformed, filled ones” were drunk on new wine.  Of course, Peter corrected that assumption.  He did not say they were not drunk, but that their apparent altered state was not the result of “new wine.”  Something far greater and longer lasting had entered into those who now in a completely altered state.

It was in these moments immediately following the arrival of Holy Ghost that many things happened for the first time.  Men and women were born again, for Holy Spirit, the agent of the new birth, had just arrived.  They were filled with that same Spirit and began to speak with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Jesus had fulfilled His promise.  He had prayed for Father to send Holy Spirit.  The Words of John Baptist were fulfilled.  One whose shoes he was not worthy to “stoop down and unloose” had come after John.  And now, being raised from the dead, glorified, and seated on Father’s right hand, He had become the “Baptizer in Holy Ghost.”  And on that Pentecost day morning, He had engaged in that role for the first time, filling those in the upper room.  And though the Scriptures do not clearly state it, I am sure that the 3,000 who were added to the Church at the close of Peter’s first sermon were themselves likewise filled, for the “Baptizer” was still present and He never changes.  He fulfilled His promise to all who believed, and He still does.

The Scriptures tell us in proverbs that greeting someone with a loud, boisterous, overly energetic voice in the early morning is not a good thing.  No doubt, those who heard this that was “noised abroad” considered such to be an indication that those involved were drunk with new wine.  Their judgment was indicated in their words, that those they had witnessed were “full of new wine.”  While they were NOT filled (drunk) with new wine as natural men knew, THEY WERE INDEED, FULL OF NEW WINE.  And OH, the difference in the way things would now be!  EVERY believer, a priest; EVERY believer, a king; EVERY believer, an able minister of the New Covenant; EVERY believer, an heir of God and a joint-heir of Christ; EVERY believer, redeemed from the curse of the law; EVERY believer, empowered by Holy Spirit to live out that life to the glory of God.  FULL, INDEED!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-21; John 2:1-12

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Unity

Unity is one of the most powerful forces, and when Jesus is in the midst, it is truly supernatural.

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Acts 2:5 – And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

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Imagine a time when there was NO motorized travel of any kind; people traveled only by foot, beast, sailing.  Now imagine the city of Jerusalem, a city that could swell in population almost overnight to 10-times its norm.  Keep in mind, too, that Jerusalem was at the center of major trade routes of its day.  Now put all that together, and on the 50th day after Passover, one of those annual days occurred.  It was called Pentecost.  It was on that day, 50 days after the crucifixion of Jesus, that Holy Spirit came into the earth in His fullness to inaugurate the first day of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

On this high holy day of the Jewish people, after Holy Ghost had come, the apostle Peter stepped outside to deliver the first church’s first Pentecost Day sermon, and what a sermon it was.  At its conclusion, on this birthdate of the church, 3,000 new souls were added to that divine infant.  What a conspicuous beginning!  And one of the great contributing factors to that day was UNITY

It began with 120 people, gathered together in an upper room at the command of Jesus, waiting for the Promise, that being the outpouring of Holy Spirit upon all flesh.  There the 120 had gathered, in obedience to the Lord, but obedience was not the only factor.  There was UNITYActs 2:1 says they were gathered together “with one accord in one place.”  Think on that.  Is it important that they were “in one place?”  Absolutely!  Before Holy Spirit was poured out, though they had common belief, they were not yet made to be ONE with the Master, and therefore with one another.  Their physical proximity with one another was keenly important. 

But being in one place did not necessarily indicate UNITY.  How often have we witnessed the eruption and results of strife in vast gatherings of people?  But these, the 120, were not only gathered together “in one place,” but were gathered together “in one accord.”  These were on one location, but they were there with one purpose, one intention, one plan, and one outcome.  They were “all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (they all) began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them (all) utterance.”  The most powerful connection between God and man that ever existed was created on that day.  It was SO powerful that when one of them (Apostle Peter) gave voice of the event and its significance, 3,000 more people received the same thing.  People from at least 17 nations, multiple tongues, cultures, and religions were suddenly joined together in the body of Christ.  And it all began with UNITY.  Oh, that we might UNITE today.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 1:8; Joel 2; Ephesians 4

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Unity

Unity is one of the most powerful forces, and when Jesus is in the midst, it is truly supernatural.

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Acts 2:5 – And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

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Imagine a time when there was NO motorized travel of any kind; people traveled only by foot, beast, sailing.  Now imagine the city of Jerusalem, a city that could swell in population almost overnight to 10-times its norm.  Keep in mind, too, that Jerusalem was at the center of major trade routes of its day.  Now put all that together, and on the 50th day after Passover, one of those annual days occurred.  It was called Pentecost.  It was on that day, 50 days after the crucifixion of Jesus, that Holy Spirit came into the earth in His fullness to inaugurate the first day of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

On this high holy day of the Jewish people, after Holy Ghost had come, the apostle Peter stepped outside to deliver the first church’s first Pentecost Day sermon, and what a sermon it was.  At its conclusion, on this birthdate of the church, 3,000 new souls were added to that divine infant.  What a conspicuous beginning!  And one of the great contributing factors to that day was UNITY

It began with 120 people, gathered together in an upper room at the command of Jesus, waiting for the Promise, that being the outpouring of Holy Spirit upon all flesh.  There the 120 had gathered, in obedience to the Lord, but obedience was not the only factor.  There was UNITYActs 2:1 says they were gathered together “with one accord in one place.”  Think on that.  Is it important that they were “in one place?”  Absolutely!  Before Holy Spirit was poured out, though they had common belief, they were not yet made to be ONE with the Master, and therefore with one another.  Their physical proximity with one another was keenly important. 

But being in one place did not necessarily indicate UNITY.  How often have we witnessed the eruption and results of strife in vast gatherings of people?  But these, the 120, were not only gathered together “in one place,” but were gathered together “in one accord.”  These were on one location, but they were there with one purpose, one intention, one plan, and one outcome.  They were “all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (they all) began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them (all) utterance.”  The most powerful connection between God and man that ever existed was created on that day.  It was SO powerful that when one of them (Apostle Peter) gave voice of the event and its significance, 3,000 more people received the same thing.  People from at least 17 nations, multiple tongues, cultures, and religions were suddenly joined together in the body of Christ.  And it all began with UNITY.  Oh, that we might UNITE today.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 1:8; Joel 2; Ephesians 4

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Tongues

The issue of “tongues” should bring unity, yet so much division has resulted.

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Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Tongues” has a divine purpose for the believer; one which EVERY believer should joyously embrace, but sadly, many are missing.  Let the argument be put aside.  Go to the Word of God.  It IS THE WILL OF GOD that every believer be filled with Holy Ghost and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  Jesus called it a “promise,” and also said that all the believer needs to do to receive is ask.  If are filled, be thankful.  If not, ask.  Blessing beyond your imagination, a deeper, stronger, more powerful relationship with Father awaits.  Jesus wants you to be filled.  Holy Ghost is waiting, just as He did in the creation story in Genesis, hovering over the “face” of the waters.  He is ready to pour upon you this rain of the end times.  It is yours for the asking.  Ask, believe, receive, and enjoy the life of the supernatural that is made possible through this work.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13, 6:2-4, 8:9-21, 9:17-18, 10:34-48, 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:8

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Tongues

The issue of “tongues” should bring unity, yet so much division has resulted.

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Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Tongues” has a divine purpose for the believer; one which EVERY believer should joyously embrace, but sadly, many are missing.  Let the argument be put aside.  Go to the Word of God.  It IS THE WILL OF GOD that every believer be filled with Holy Ghost and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  Jesus called it a “promise,” and also said that all the believer needs to do to receive is ask.  If are filled, be thankful.  If not, ask.  Blessing beyond your imagination, a deeper, stronger, more powerful relationship with Father awaits.  Jesus wants you to be filled.  Holy Ghost is waiting, just as He did in the creation story in Genesis, hovering over the “face” of the waters.  He is ready to pour upon you this rain of the end times.  It is yours for the asking.  Ask, believe, receive, and enjoy the life of the supernatural that is made possible through this work.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13, 6:2-4, 8:9-21, 9:17-18, 10:34-48, 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:8

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Overflow

How can you tell when a vessel is truly full?  The next drop causes overflow.

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Acts 2:3-4 – And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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From the very beginning, note the words, “…they were all filled….and began to speak…”  The indication is clear.  They were filled, completely filled.  And how can you tell they were filled.  There was overflow; something began to come out that was beyond their capacity to contain it.  Think of this.  If I pour water into a glass until it seems to be filled, but nothing has overflowed, there will always be a question as to whether or not the glass was truly filled.  But the moment there was overflow, then the evidence exists that the glass was truly filled.  Now read our Text for Today once again.  “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (overflowed) began to speak with other tongues.”

In the church world, and especially from the minds of the religious, has arisen debate and argument, even to the point of church splits, bitterness, and backslidings, over the work of Pentecost in our churches today.  The issue of “speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance” has been reduced to debates and arguments over “speaking in tongues.”  Oh that those who want such debates, and by them create such division, would focus on the entire phrase.  If the words “as the Spirit gives utterance” were seriously considered in this discussion, all debate would have to be put aside.  For if it is “as the Spirit gives utterance,” there can be no debate.  It simply becomes a matter of obedience to the leadership of Holy Spirit, for as many as are led by Holy Spirit are the sons of God.  So, if it is Holy Spirit Who gives the utterance, there can be no error on the part of the person who yields to that leadership and speaks the words given him/her by Holy Ghost.  It fully becomes a “God-issue.” 

And it should be recognized, not as a matter to cause division, but as one to bring about unity.  It should be the longing of every Christian heart to be so filled with the love, Word, presence, and person of God by the Spirit that we all earnestly seek for “overflow.”  Speaking in tongues, when given its rightful place in our lives, is not a matter of making one Christian better than another, but of so saturating the believer’s life, and so filling them with the presence of Jehovah God, that overflow results.  Jesus said, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  That “flow” is truly “overflow.”  And Jesus went on to say that His words referred to Holy Ghost filling the life of the believer.  Those are His words, not man’s.  Yield to them, my friend.  It’s time to OVERFLOW!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; John 7:37-39; Psalm 23; Jude 20-21

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