Summary: Talking about putting the clamps on Satan,Pentecost sure made his work more difficult.
“THERE CAME A SOUND FROM HEAVEN”
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
DESCRIBE ATOMSPHERE: PENTECOST WAS A MAJOR RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL. IT WAS HELD JUST 50 DAYS AFTER PASSOVER. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE THERE. THE JEWS WERE CELEBRATING GOD’S GOODNESS BY OFFERING FIRSTFRUITS OF THE GRAIN HARVEST TO THR LORD. PEOPLE WERE EXCITED AND AT THE SAME TIME THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WERE IN THE UPPER ROOM .
2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
I DON’T KNOW IF THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS COMING, BUT THEY OBEYED, AND RECEIVED.
IF YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THERE, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SEEN AND HEARD?
1. FAMILIES COMIMG TO JERUSALEM BRINGING SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS.
2. MUSIC BEING PLAYED PEOPLE REJOICING.
3. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERING AROUND A PARTICULAR HOUSE. LISTENING TO UNLEARNED MEN SPEAK IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE, WONDERING WHAT THIS MEANS.
4. LISTENING TO A MAN (PETER) PREACH A MESSAGE THAT BROUGHT 3 THOUSAND SOUL TO SALVATION.
How did Satan respond? Read the book of Acts and you will see his response.
YOU SEE, I BELIEVE HE WAS ACTUALLY IN THE ROOM WITH THE BELIEVERS WHEN GOD POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT WITHOUT ANY POWER TO STOP HIM.
DON’T YOU KNOW HE SHUTTERED WHEN THE SOUND CAME AND THE FIRE FELL AND THEY BEGAN TO SPEAK IN TONGUES.
WHAT DID THIS SOUND FROM HEAVEN BRING?
1. A UNITY SATAN COULD NOT DIVIDE:
WHAT KEEPS THE DEVIL DEFENSLESS?
A.CHRISTIANS PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER.
B.BUILDING EACH OTHERS FAITH.
C.WORKING TOGETHER IN HARMONY.
D.GIVING TIME AND MONEY.
E.AVOIDING GOSSIP AND DIVISION.
F.EXALTING CHRIST EVERY WHERE THEY GO.
2. A TONGUE HE COULDN’T UNDERSTAND:
WITH ALL OF HIS KNOWLEDGE, HE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE PRAYER LANGUAGE THAT GOD GAVE HIS SERVANTS.
DON’T YOU KNOW THAT CHAPPED HIM.
3. A FIRE HE COULDN’T PUT OUT:
A ZEAL TO WORSHIP, TO TELL, TO SHARE, TO WORK FOR GOD IN SPITE OF PERSECUTION.
4. A POWER HE COULDN’T HANDLE:
POWER FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY, POWER TO TESTIFY, TO DELIVER, TO HEAL, TO LIVE ABOVE SIN.
5. A REVIVAL HE COULDN’T STOP:
PEOPLES HEARTS WERE STIRRED AND CHANGED AND THEY LOVED IT AND SHARED IT. WHATS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM HAVING REVIVAL? YOU CAN HAVE REVIVAL WITHOUT REST OF US IF YOU REALLY WANT TO.
6. RESULTS HE COULDN’T CHANGE:
LIFE CHANGING RESULTS. SIGNS FOLLOWED THEM. TO WORK, TO SCHOOL, TO THEIR NEIGHBORS, TO THE MARKET PLACE, ETC. WHEN IT HAPPENED SATAN COULD NOT CHANGE IT.
7. EVIDENCE HE COULDN’T DENY:
THESE NEW SPIRIT FILLED BELIEVERS HAD
A.A NEW LOVE FOR SCRIPTURE.
B.A NEW AWARENESS OF RIGHT AND WRONG.
C.A DESIRE TO BE LIKE JESUS CHRIST.
D.SOCIAL PRESSURES FROM THOSE CONVICTED BY THEIR CHANGED LIVES.
E.A DESIRE TO PROCLAIM CHRIST TO OTHERS.
F.A LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER
ALL OF THESE THINGS, WE NEED.
1. UNITY HE CAN’T DIVIDE.
2. TONGUE HE CAN’T UNDERSTAND.
3. FIRE HE CAN’T CONTROL.
4. POWER HE CAN’T HANDLE.
5. REVIVAL HE CAN’T STOP.
6. RESULTS HE CAN’T CHANGE.
7. EVIDENCE HE CAN’T DENY.