The Scriptures declare that God confirms His Word with signs following. Signs are seen.
Acts 2:2-3 – 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 cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
More and more I am hearing Christians declare a deepening desire to SEE the power of God manifest in their homes, lives, and churches. I concur with them whole-heartedly. In no day would I dare belittle the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Sadly, however, much of what comes from our pulpits today is NOT the Word of God. We here much of politics, social matters, a hyper-grace message (NOT the Gospel), and a religious message that fills about an hour each week with much of nothing. I know, what I am saying sounds critical, and perhaps even harsh. It is neither. It is truth.
Yes, I am thankful to say that I still know and fellowship with great men and women of God who proclaim the Word of Truth each time they stand to speak for the Lord. But even in their speaking of God’s Truth, there still seems to be a diminished level of “seeing” the manifest life and power of Holy Spirit. I find this a consistent topic of conversation among Christians who believe we should be seeing, doing, and accomplishing more in the supernatural realm. And I must say, I, too, am one of them.
Take a moment to read our Text for Today once again. You will see a very interesting correlation in the two sentences. In the first sentence, we read that the house was “filled,” and obviously with the presence of Holy Spirit. Then in the second sentence we read, “And there appeared unto them…” Do you see it? The example set on the day of Pentecost, the first day of the church, is clear. It fits easily into what is called the “law of first mentions” as it relates to Scriptures. On the FIRST DAY of the church, when the “house” was “filled” with Holy Ghost, “there appeared unto them…” In short, when the place was full of Holy Ghost, something supernatural was seen.
Since Father, Son, and Holy Ghost do not change, and since the Word of God is forever settled in heaven, is it not reasonable to expect that when the place in which we gather together today is filled with Holy Ghost, that we should fully expect that something supernatural should be seen? I believe it absolutely sets that truth forth. Join me in believing and holding fast to this truth, and fully expecting something supernatural to be seen when the place we come together, wherever that may be (in the church house, a cottage prayer meeting, a ministry staff meeting, etc.), is “filled” with Holy Ghost. And having done so, keep you eyes open, for believing brings seeing.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 5:7; Mark 11:22-24