2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 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. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all those who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
The Spirit has arrived!! God has gotten to the chapter where He sends Himself to dwell with us and empower us!! The disciples have been praying, waiting, and now receive their long awaited gift. Notice that the moment the Spirit arrives the disciples experience notable change. However, after this radical change mankind misunderstands what God has planned (sounds familiar).
The Spirit comes and there is a notable change in the disciples. They begin to display on the outside the change within. We should remember this because the Spirit was sent for a SPECIFIC purpose... so when He arrives it would be logical that He begins to work. We should always be concerned if we have an "active relationship" with the Spirit and Father but that doesn't equate to an outward change. I am not saying you stop sinning, that's not the outward change the Spirit is solely focused on. I am saying that the Spirit petitions for you to do things (talk to people etc) and you obey. It would be illogical for God to send His Spirit to Earth only to dwell on a couch and watch T.V.... yet that's where we often plant Him. The Spirit arrives in our life and then we begin to stifle His activity from the onset.
The Spirit's actions seem confusing to the World. This is consistent with man's response to Christ over and over again. He did something and all those around Him misinterpreted or were highly confused by Him. In the same way the Spirit moves and it often seems contradictory to our perspective or anticipations. Yet again, if You are walking with the Spirit but everything seems to logically be progressing in your life with no "peculiar" changes then you're likely leading your OWN life.
When the Spirit dwells within you there should be an outward display of Him and a propensity for the world to misunderstand what He is doing. Evaluate your life, are you seeing these in action?
God help me to see if it is ME leading my life or if I am yielding to You. Keep me from being misled and assuming You are leading me when I am actually following my flesh. Keep me in Your light, following Your Word. Amen.
I think it's about time we start walking with the Spirit so that we can see these supernatural actions in our life SO that we can tell others about what God is doing. I am not saying miracles like water to wine, I am saying miracles like anger to happiness, misdirection to direction, being led to talk with someone about the Gospel, etc. We need to be walking with the Spirit so that we have an understanding of what God wants others to hear and so that we can be on trajectory to meet those God would have us talk to!