Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why Are All These People Drunk?

Acts 2:12 - 13 (KJV) 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the North Carolina District of the United Pentecostal Church International. The North Carolina District Conference is in session in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Temple of Pentecost (Pastor Wayne Huntley).

Wednesday night was a wonderful service highlighted by the anointed ministry of the musicians and singers that are a part of the Temple of Pentecost (T.O.P.) Choir. It is worth noting that everyone at the “T.O.P.” is clearly committed to giving God glory in everything they do. It was obvious that many individuals from the church were working very diligently to make tonight a memorable evening for all the saints and especially the ministers from across the state that were in attendance this evening.

Anyway… about that choir! There were several times during the service when waves of worship swept across the entire congregation. The atmosphere during one song in particular could have easily fit the description of the believers we read about in Acts 2. In Raleigh, just like in Jerusalem the Holy Ghost was being poured out and people were acting more than a little drunk tonight (spiritually speaking of course).

It reminds me of something Rev. David Elms mentioned in his message tonight (Giving God What He Wants). Of course the message was very timely and very powerful in many ways. However, his thought about the “drinking” in Acts 2 is especially significant.

Luke 24:46 - 49 (KJV) 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things. 49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Without question the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus points us to the promise of the Father that was given on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2).

Acts 2:1 - 4 (KJV) 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Pastor Elms made the following observation in his message: Of all the ways that God could give His spirit to His people, he did it in such a spectacular manner that the onlookers supposed that these new spirit-filled believers were drunk.

Perhaps it is an indication that Jesus never intended for his people to remain unmoved by the outpouring of His spirit. Perhaps believers filled with “new wine” should still act drunk when they experience the power of God like the original believers did at Pentecost. Perhaps the cure for powerless and passionless Christianity is a fresh overdose of the Holy Ghost!

Acts 2:14 - 18 (KJV) 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

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