Topic: Wind And Fire! The Manifestation Of The Spirit!
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:2-3 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 2:2-3 (NIV) — 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.
Acts 2:2-3 (NLT) — 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.
Acts 2:2-3 (MSG) — 2 Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
Thoughts of Devotion:
What a glorious manifestation of the Holy Spirit, the sound of a strong wind and flames of fire descended upon everyone! Without a doubt, no one could deny the dispensation of the Holy Spirit had been inaugurated. The promise had been fulfilled as Jesus had said in Lucas 24:49, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”” The much anticipated day had come with strong manifestations which were visible to everyone, there was no doubt the Holy Spirit had been poured upon them!
The significance of these two emblems of wind and fire was a live demonstration of the divine presence that filled the place. In the Gospel of John we’re able to see Jesus describe the Holy Spirit as a wind, declaring that “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) we understand that the move of the Spirit is sovereign, mysterious, and incomprehensible. Who can chain, hold back, or manipulate the work of the Holy Spirit? No one! He is like a wind, the Holy Spirit is free to move and do whatever work he desires, this was evident on the day of Pentecost!
These two symbols of wind and fire helped the disciples comprehend the meaning of what was happening. The believers were being equipped and prepared to begin the task that the Lord had given his church The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire was coming to pass as it was promised in Mathew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” We see the fire illustrates cleanliness, purification, it heats up, illuminates. When one thinks of the person of the Holy Spirit, these words describe him. The fire of the Holy Spirit produces the zeal to preach and proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Today we have the promise of the Holy Spirit. Only through his power can we fulfill the great commission, the call to be witnesses! Without the power of the Holy spirit we won’t be able to be effective in the task we have before us. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential if we will have the power, boldness, and strength to fulfill the mission of the church. The promise is for us today!
Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV) — 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Isaiah 65:24 (NKJV) — 24 “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
Ezekiel 37:9-10 (NKJV) — 9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
John 3:8 (NKJV) — 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Acts 4:31 (NKJV) — 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Luke 11:13 (NKJV) — 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Matthew 3:11 (NKJV) — 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luke 3:16 (NKJV) — 16 John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luke 24:32 (NKJV) — 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
John 1:32-33 (NKJV) — 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
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