Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 25, 2010

Fire Out


Ac 2:1-3 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. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them

 Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday.  Many churches don’t celebrate, let alone mention it.  It is the celebration of Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came down as a rushing wind and flames of tongues lit on each of the disciple’s shoulders.  Our minister wondered if some people witnessing this wanted to put out the flames of fires.  Today’s churches are doing just that.  They are putting out the Holy Spirits’ flames of fire.  People today don’t want to have anything to do with things they don’t understand.  They don’t want to deviate from the norm of their accepted cultural behavior.  They are afraid of offending anyone if the speak out about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  We are grieving the Holy Spirit by not allowing Him to speak and work through us.  This is evident by the spiraling drug, alcohol and crime rates in our country.  It takes courage and the conviction of faith to be bold.  It takes courage and the conviction of faith to stand up for what we believe.  I am continually reminded of the young high school girl in the Columbine High School shooting who stood up when the young man burst into the library and asked if anyone there was a Christian.  She stood up and said, “I am a Christian.”  Immediately he fired his rifle and she was with God.  That is courage and the conviction of faith.  We normally do not face such dire circumstances yet we still do not stand up.  Let’s all start to stand up and speak out.

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