More than a Hurricane

Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.           Acts 2:2-3 (WEB)

In September 2004 I sat in a God-given sanctuary in Pensacola, FL and survived Hurricane Ivan’s 130-mph winds. 130 MPH!!! If I could imagine what the hallways of hell might sound like – it would have been like the wind howling outside that home. It was – horrific. When it had past over 50% of the trees were gone.

As I read these verses I hear again the rushing of a mighty wind like I did in 2004. I would have been diving under any available bed and would not have cared if I fit – I would have squeezed! Think of sitting in a prayer meeting; asking God for His wisdom and knowledge to know what to do next. The room is filled with my brothers and sisters and we are of one mind – seek God. Strain to hear His voice. WOOSH!!! A wind BLOWS through the room; swirling and ripping like nothing we have ever known! In that moment of perfect unity, maybe they knew it was God. It seems by their subsequent actions that they did. They responded to this extraordinary experience with power and authority. That comes from God!

Notice that the Holy Spirit manifested itself individually on each person. The Holy Spirit is so AWESOME to touch each person as he/she needs and is directed by the Father. It is not a cookie cutter anointing!!! We are equipped individually just as a suit is tailor-made. Read the lives of these saints. Each one had gifts that was just for them. There were no ‘twin’ or ‘multiples’ but each was anointed as needed for the call in their heart.

…God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.            1 Corinthians 12:18, 27 (NIV)

As we seek God to hear what He has for each us, let us not forget that God does give some gifts to all of us: Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest – is Love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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