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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, June 4, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
These people literally spoke in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability—a miraculous attention-getter for the international crowd gathered in town for the festival. All the nationalities represented recognized their own languages being spoken. But more than miraculous speaking drew people’s attention; they saw the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The apostles continued to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit wherever they went. (NLT)
Acts 2:1-12 – On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Godly Jews from many nations were living in Jerusalem at that time. When they heard this sound, they came running to see what it was all about, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
They were beside themselves with wonder, “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking the languages of the lands where we were born! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya toward Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabians. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they sked each other.
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. –Acts 2:1 (KJV)
David John Walker (Ohio) titled his story “PENTECOST;” here is a portion of David John’s story:
“I have been teaching my 6th grade Sunday school students about Pentecost. I tell them how I relate to the first disciples who were amazed by the way the Holy Spirit allows everyone to follow Christ regardless of their native language.
“Every few years we visit my in-laws who have a house in the Black Forest region of Germany. Even though I do not speak German, I enjoy attending church services there. The sermon, music, and prayers are all in a language I don’t speak, but I feel at home and understand without needing translation. It is as if the Holy Spirit allows me to feel peace, love, and sincerity in the way people speak, the joyful choir, and in the prayers. . . .
“I encourage travelers to find a local church and go to worship. Through familiar practices and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can understand without knowing the language.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God hears my prayers no matter what language I speak.
Prayer: Creator God, thank you for the Holy Spirit which allows all people everywhere to understand your word and to worship in their own languages. Help us to welcome all travelers and invite them to worship with us. Amen.
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