April 22, 2019

The Language of God’s Spirit - Acts 2:1-5

"Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change?"

Family Discussions:

  1. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter?
  2. With Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ?
  3. Why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people?
  4. How do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life?

Transcription:

00:14 Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change? Uh, and I'm talking about change for the better. Well, um, today we're going to help with that. In fact, hopefully we're going to help a lot. We're in Acts chapter two and we're going to start with verse one and it says this, "and when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place and suddenly there came from heaven, a noise like a violent rushing wind. And it filled the whole house where they were sitting and there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves and they rested on each one of them and they were all filled with the holy spirit and to begin to speak in other tongues in other languages because the spirit was giving them utterances."

01:03 Let me paint the picture for you. Jesus had died. He had resurrected from the dead. He had left them to ascend, to be with the father. He had promised them that he was going to send his spirit to live in their hearts. And now they're all gathered together. The disciples are there and it says that there are men gathered with them. It was Passover, the Jews from every nation. It says in this chapter under heaven, and because they were all given languages by the Holy Spirit, it says the, they all, every single man from every nation that was there, they heard the mighty deeds of God spoken in their language. I mean Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, every, you know, African dialect that was represented there, each heard the spirit speaking through these men in their language. No wonder 3000 people were saved that day. No wonder they saw God.

02:03 You know what? Um, the language of the Holy Spirit is also in the fruit of the spirit. You know, the language of the Holy Spirit is also love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self control. Hey, I believe with all my heart, if God wanted you to speak French, just like that, he could give you that language. If it was going to be to his glory. I believe God could do anything. He did it then he can do it now. But you know what? I also believe that that you can, you can change the most difficult relationship in your home today. When the Holy Spirit gives you the language of the fruit of the spirit, and that's his love. You know, I believe that you can change the most difficult relationship in your school. I believe you could change the most difficult relationship in your neighborhood or in your, uh, you know, in your company that you're working in.

02:52 If the spirit of God begins to speak his language through you to somebody else. You think Moses really raised his staff one day and the Red Sea parted. Well, I do. And I think the things that God did then God can do now. But I believe when Jesus said, you're going to even do greater things than I did. I believe the Red Sea could part any day that God wants it to and he's going to use you to part the Red Sea. When you see the Sea of lust taking over your mind, allow God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and watch him part the Red Sea. When you, when you see, you know, Satan putting you know, bitterness in your mind for somebody else or worry in your mind or fear in your mind, watch God raise the staff and part the Red Sea. When he gives you forgiveness and peace because your little heart is filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit of God is literally God.

03:51 He's the one who spoke and the whole cosmos, which was created, and he lives in your heart and as he lives in your heart, He can feel your heart. He can dominate your heart. And with Christ, it says in scripture, all things are possible. So today, uh, ask him, say, God, fill me with your spirit. Take the place of everything that's going on in my life. I want to speak the language of your spirit and watch your world change. Here's the questions for you today. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter? And then with Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ? And more importantly, as the disciples went own in their ministry, why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people? And then lastly and most importantly, how do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life? And then here's the lifeline for the day. Um, thank God for giving you the Holy Spirit and then, and then ask the spirit to guide you today and to lead you in the most difficult thing in your life. Watch. Watch the change that happens.

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