Acts 29 – Memorable – 4
Acts 10:44 – While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
On July 6, 1986, I stepped into the role of pastor of a small Assemblies of God church in Winston-Salem. On that first Sunday, we had 14 people in attendance, including my bride, our two sons, and me. It was a small, but glorious beginning. Over the coming years, the church grew, and we had to have multiple Sunday morning services. And unlike many churches at this hour, where Sunday evening services are a thing of the past, we had nearly a full house each Sunday evening. In the closing months of 1986, we were experiencing a wonderful manifest presence of Holy Ghost in our services.
One brisk, fall Sunday evening, I was rejoicing in the presence of the Lord as I preached the Word. It was a regular occurrence for people to be baptized in Holy Ghost during our altar services. I was about halfway through the message for the evening when it happened. Holy Spirit had moved mightily in our praise and worship, and there was a manifestly powerful sweet presence in the room as I spoke. The people were at a high level of expectancy for Holy Spirit to show Himself mighty. There was a lady sitting in the congregation. She was a first-time guest, and she seemed to be transfixed by that sweet presence of Holy Ghost I have mentioned. And then it happened.
The first thing I noticed was that she had closed her eyes and raised her hands toward heaven. It was obvious she was worshipping the Lord passionately. Tears flowed down her cheeks as she worshipped, her lips moving, but no sound coming forth. Holy Spirit brought me to a point in which there needed to be a moment of silence to allow what was happening to become evident to everyone present. In that moment of silence, her silence became suddenly audible in a soft, but very clear voice. She was worshipping the Lord in way Apostle Paul spoke of it. She was worshipping Him in the Spirit, not in the understanding. She was speaking in tongues as Holy Spirit gave her utterance. Oh, such a sweetness in her utterance, and the joy of the Lord seemed to shine from her face.
At the close of the service, I asked her to testify about what had happened. She was a member of another local church that had no Sunday evening service. She had been hungry to receive the fullness of Holy Ghost for some time, and when she heard of the moving of Holy Ghost in our services, she came for a visit. As it was with Peter at the house of Cornelius, while the Word was being preached, Holy Ghost fell on her and we all heard her speak with tongues and magnify the Lord. And on many occasions over the following years I have witnessed the same thing again and again. Acts 29 is still being recorded.
Manna for Today – Acts 10:34-48; Luke 11:13; John 14:15-17; Acts 2:1-13