Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-10
Main Text: Acts 2:3
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”
We mentioned yesterday that the appearing of the tongues like fire on the day of Pentecost in the Upper Room was not a coincidence (Acts 2:3-4). God chose that symbol on purpose just as He chose the sound, wind and fire. Every symbol had a divine plan. The tongues of fire signalled what the Holy Ghost was about to do in the disciples (revival and refreshing) and with them (reaction).
• Revival • Refreshing • Reaction. We looked at “Revival”. Today we will consider “Refreshing and Reaction”.
Refreshing is the restoration of strength, peace and joy to tired and dejected people. The appearing of cloven tongues like fire assured the disciples they would be revived and restored. The prophet Isaiah said stammering lips and another tongue were the rest and refreshing God gives to weary people (Isaiah 28:11-12).
Reaction is saying or doing something back against the gates of hell and the world. Through the things people say, the gates of hell are contending against the revelation of Jesus Christ (with strange doctrines), the preaching of the Gospel and building of the Church. Jesus Christ demands that we react – we must say something. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. A silent Church will lose the war against the gates of hell and the world.
Prayer: Pray and speak life into anything that is dead or dying around you.