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Power of Wind

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The harvest - Grateful for God’s provision.

Acts 2:1 NLT
1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.

Pentecost was the celebration of the harvest.

Acts 2:1 NLT
1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.
The name Pentecost found in the NT comes from the 50 days after the pass over. In the OT it is known as the Festival of Harvest.
This was done at the conclusion of the harvest.
This is to remember from whom all blessings flow from.
This feast is one of the convocations God has called found in .
This feast was one of the best attended because of the good weather. This also leads us to see the great diversity of people who are present in Jerusalem for Pentecost.
Leviticus 23:15–16 NLT
15 “From the day after the Sabbath—the day you bring the bundle of grain to be lifted up as a special offering—count off seven full weeks. 16 Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later. Then present an offering of new grain to the Lord.

We are to praise the Lord for his blessings.

The Lord has granted increase into the life of his people in the promise land.
This feast is also the landmark of the promise of the Holy Spirit coming and the growth of the Church.
God is faithful and for that we should be grateful.

Prayer is a good starting point for revival.

Before we move further in this text notice that up to this point prayer has been vital in their waiting in for God’s promise.
A lot of revivals began with prayer and centered around prayer meetings. This was true then and is still true now.
God’s move in your life begins when you seek to trust him and follow his guidance in your life.
Prayer changes you to depend on God.
Prayer should have redemptive value.
Prayers should always be seeking God’s will.
Prayer had them ready for the power of God.

Power of Wind

Power of the prayer moves like a rushing wind. - Windmill
Acts 2:2 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.

The wind of God.

This word used that is translated windstorm is the word to show rapid movement of air, wind.
The LXX used this same Greek word to show God breathing life into his creation.
God used wind to show his power of life to the valley of dry bones.
Ezekiel 37:9 NLT
9 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ ”
Gospel of John speaks of this wind in the regeneration of our life in Christ.
John 3:8 NLT
8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
We are born of the Spirit of God.

Fire shows God’s presence in this great movement.

Acts 2:3 NLT
3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.

Luke helps us to see the coming power of the Holy Spirit with fire.

Jesus wants to baptize us into his life.
This baptism by By water and Holy Spirit.
John 3:5 NLT
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.

The coming of the Holy Spirit also involved fire.

Luke 3:16 NLT
16 John answered their questions by saying, “I baptize you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
God has shown his awesome presence in fire.
Moses and the burning bush.
God lead them by Fire by night in the wilderness,
The Lord descended on the Mount Sinai in fire giving the law in .
Exodus 19:18 NLT
18 All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. The smoke billowed into the sky like smoke from a brick kiln, and the whole mountain shook violently.
exodus 19:
Exodus 20:18 NLT
18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
Here the Spirit comes with mighty windstorm and tongues of fire.
What was the result of this great expression of God?

All who were present were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:4 NLT
4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

God’s great demonstration of the Spirit.

Acts 2:7 NLT
7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee,
Acts 2:7
They were amazed at the Galileans speaking in their languages.
This amazing movement of God caught the attention of all gathered for Pentecost.
The followers of Christ were speaking in the languages of the people. This was not ecstatic words but known dialects of the people.
Acts 2:11 NLT
11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
This helps them to see the power of God and hear the power of God first hand.
God gave gifts through the Spirit and showed sings an miracles to accomplish the work of the Spirt and to confirm the word of God.

Come Holy Spirit

We need to stay here until he changes us.
Welcome the Holy Spirit to change your agenda.
May the Holy Spirit change the way you
Live for the glory of the Lord.
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