On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 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. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
This event is the start of the Church. God showed the world in a very dramatic event that His power is now available to anyone who believes in Christ. Tongues of fire settled on each of the believers. The fire symbolizes God’s purifying presence, which burns away the undesirable elements of our life ands sets our hearts aflame to ignite the lives of others. On Mount Sinai, God confirmed the validity of the Old Testament Law with fire from heaven (Exodus 19:16-18). At Pentecost, God confirmed the validity of the work of the Holy Spirit by sending fire. At Mount Sinai, fire came down on one place: at Pentecost, fire came down on many believers, showing God’s presence is available to all who believe. Has the fire of Pentecost ignited your life? Do you function under the power of God or under what you can do on your own? Read Acts to see what a difference it made in the lives of the very simple fishermen that learned from Jesus. They went from hiding out in fear to going out in public and reaching thousands for Christ in one day. God can do the same for you!
Have a God Day!