Consuming Fire (Acts 2:1-4)
“When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 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, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Most of us are familiar with this passage of Scripture, which describes the divine explosion that was released on the face of the earth at Pentecost 2000 + years ago. This scene has been depicted in movies and in books and it is a powerful picture of the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy (Joel 2:28) that God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. I was taught this story as a child in Sunday school, and I remember seeing pictures of the disciples earnestly praying, each of them with a little flame sitting on their heads! This is the vision I used to have about Pentecost day, but I now believe the reality was a little different.
A few months ago, I was meditating on this piece of Scripture when the Lord gave me a colorful vision, as follows. There were people in a room, praying and worshiping the Lord with their arms outstretched. They were loudly declaring the goodness of God when the room began to fill with a steadily increasing sound which began like a quiet hum but rose to the noise of a howling wind. There was suddenly a huge ball of fire on the ceiling in the middle of the room, and it seemed to explode as parts of it detached and descended upon each person all at the same time. The tongues of fire did not remain as little flames on each person’s head but consumed their whole being in an instant, like a match to gasoline, until each person was literally a burning flame. Each one began to manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit in different ways, and they were all praying loudly in different tongues. It looked like utter chaos but it was the power of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit had come!
The book of Hebrews 12:29 describes our God as a consuming fire. When the Holy Spirit fell in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, He did not come as a little gentle breeze. He was heard as a rushing mighty wind of gale force proportions. This sounds like the kind of wind that moves things that stand in its way, a strong force that cannot be stopped. He did not come to visit us, shake hands and leave; He came to fill the whole house with His presence and turn everything around! He came to set us ablaze. He did not come to give us a few goose bumps and some pleasant experiences. He came to fill our lives with power, as Jesus promised in Acts 1:8. He came to bring about a total transformation, not only in us but through us to people, cities and nations! The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus that pivotal day 2000 years ago, and they were changed forever. They became strong, unstoppable dynamite dispensers who released the signs of the Kingdom wherever they went. He wants to do the same in you!
Dear friend, the Holy Spirit wants to come and fill the whole house, not just a small part of you. He is so sweet and tender and yet a mighty rushing Wind, uprooting ancient trees and bringing revelation, restoration and renovation. The mighty God of all the universe has chosen to make you and me His holy habitation and we have to yield and give Him room. We did not experience the new birth to live a powerless life but to be flames of fire. (Hebrews 1:7: “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire”). We were meant to be life impactors and world changes, powerhouses of God’s glory, leaking His presence wherever we go! We were meant to burn and set others alight, to be changed forever.
There is a Wind blowing into your life and it is a mighty rushing Wind from heaven! It is a Wind of change, of healing and restoration. It is a wind of new beginnings and the power of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is moving in your life and bringing you to a deeper place. I pray that you and I will yield completely to the beautiful One, the precious Holy Spirit, and let Him have His way. “Consume us with Your fire and Your passion, precious Lord, and may we forever burn as flames of love for You”!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 09 June 2014
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