Empowered: These Ain’t Your Momma’s Results

Encounter

Continuing through the events of Pentecost have revealed some amazing transformation in the face of simple tradition. Through the power of the Spirit, we see the radical changes that take place in an instant—changing a ritual into a way of life, and moving the presence of God from the walls built by man to the walls of our heart built by God, and finally we see that…

THESE AIN’T YOUR MAMA’S RESULTS (Acts 2:5-13)Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 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?”13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

When the unexpected occurs, it causes bewilderment, shock, amazement. I have seen this even in Franklin—They see flashing lights, excitement, hear a loud noise, and they all come flocking to see what happened. Sometimes you’ll even have a traffic jam, not because a lane is closed, but because everyone is driving by peering off and slowing down to see the wreckage on the side of the road. In the same way the people have heard the noise, seen the tongues of fire which have rested on the people, indwelling in the first believers with amazing results- Suddenly they are speaking in tongues—languages that are foreign to them.  In fact, the results although a shock to the first Christians, were predicted by Christ who said in Mark 16:17- “These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages.” As they speak suddenly, the diverse listeners hear the message of Jesus Christ in their own distinct dialects, languages, and tongues.

Wives if your husband looks at you at times like you are speaking another language the results are in! A UK experiment found on a test of 40 men and 40 women, that men were more inclined to hear “masculine” words such as beer and football—the words peaked their memory and stayed with them longer. Yet, ladies before you go elbowing your husband in the ribs to punish them for this selective hearing, the experiment found that women are just as likely to have selective hearing for “feminine” words such as chocolate and shopping.

In truth, the experiment found that with all the competing messages vying for are allegiance, we only hear the messages that we find appealing or credible. Think about your friends or family outside of church— During these same hours—something else won out—extra sleep, work, exercise, family time—Yet just as God used the Spirit to add credibility and credence to the cross of Christ and unify the believers in the first century—allowing the miraculous to invade the everyday…. Paul in 1 Cor. 6:10-11 shows us how the Spirit still adds credibility to the message today—: 9Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. (That use to define us—sin which would lead to death) But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God… 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

Although the changes that happen around us, some slow and some fast, may rock our world—-in Christ, the greatest change of all is what happens in your heart—your allegiance, conviction, your worldview. As we move forward as the body of Christ, there will be times where you might be frustrated with changes, you might be angry with new initiatives, you might be frightened by unique directions, but know that THIS AIN’T YOUR MAMA’S CHURCH—and that is okay—because it is Christ’s church—that as we change, we do so to fulfill the same unchanging mission, with the same unchanging mission, and that the methods—-whether we join together on two wheels or in a tin hut, are only momentary—while the changes of the Holy Spirit are forever.

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