PRAYER: Please pray tonight for every prayer request in our MNW livestream. So many folks needing prayer.
DEVOTION: OK. So, over on page 51 and 52 of the book and the pages previous, we get into Smith’s reasoning for speaking in tongues and about evidence that it’s Biblical. Let’s dive in.
“I want to take you to the Scriptures to prove my position that tongues are the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Businessmen know that in cases of law where there are two clear witnesses, they could win a case before any judge. On the clear evidence of two witnesses, any judge will give a verdict. Why has God given us? He has given us three clear witnesses on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, more than are necessary in law courts.
The first is in Acts 2:4, on the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Here we have the original pattern. And God gave to Peter an eternal word that couples this experience with the promise that came before it: “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel (v. 16). God what s you to have this, nothing less than this. He wants you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to this original Pentecost pattern.
In Acts 10, we have another witness, Cornelius had had a vision of a holy angel and had sent for Peter. When Peter arrived and proclaimed the Gospel message, the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard his words.
In Acts 10:45 it says this “The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.”
There’s a lot here. I know. I think it’s worth diving into these Scriptures in context of the chapters to make sure that each and every word that we’re reading is actually in the right place at the right time. That way we can understand it better.
So here’s the homework. Read Acts 2. Read Acts 10.
Acts 2 starts out like this:
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” – Acts 2: 1-2.
I love the visual here. The blowing, violent wind came into the house. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. This violent wind came from heaven. I like the imagery. A wind blowing through the empty halls clearing out what’s not needed, clearing out what’s not right, clearing out what should be thrown away and gotten rid of.
Today, as you read these chapters, as you dig deeper into what it means to “receive” the Holy Spirit, take the time to let the wind blow. Let the wind blow through your soul, through your heart, through your mind and body and be cleaned by it. Let the wind blow in every part of your existence and surrender to it.
Be made clean by the Spirit today.