Refiners Fire

Refiners Fire

You will find in fire what You call gold

You will find in fire what You can mold

Acts 2:1-4

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Today is the Day of Pentecost

10 days since the Day of Ascension

50 Days since the Day of Resurrection which was the 1st day of the Church.

One accord: they were in unity

One place: the upper room where they had been the night of the last supper just before Jesus was betrayed and they went out to the garden of Gethsemane

Suddenly: Father’s Day 1995 in Nagano, Japan 

Sound from heaven: This is not of the devil, wow! how the enemy has used religion to try to steal the very promise of the Father

Rushing mighty wind: remember what you heard on that Wednesday night in Onalaska?

Filled the whole house: the 120 who were in one accord in the upper room.

There appeared to them divided tongues (moving in all directions) as of fire (resembling fire)

It is said this way in the Passion Translation

Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them.

One sat on each of them

They were filled with the Holy Spirit 

They began to speak with other tongues 

As the Spirit gave them utterance

When the Angel visited Mary, she became pregnant with Jesus

Here 120 average normal people are filled with that same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and they would turn the world upside down while being persecuted and martyred for their faith.  

You will find in fire what You call gold

You will find in fire what You can mold

Peter is our living example of this.

He was a fisherman.

He was unlearned.

He was always putting his foot in his mouth.

He wanted to lead.

He was told to get behind me Satan by Jesus.

He was told that he would deny Jesus, by Jesus, and He did

What happened to this guy?

You will find in fire what You call gold.

You will find in fire what You can mold.

  • He stood

Acts 2:14

Peter stood up with the eleven apostles and shouted to the crowd. “Listen carefully, my fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem. You need to clearly understand what’s happening here.

This is a guy who had stood up before but usually got it wrong because it was in a wrong spirit.

It is time to stand in Love

It is time to stand in Joy

It is time to stand in Peace

He had been filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 1:8

You shall receive power.  The word power is the word that would later be used to give dynamite its name.

You have clear perspective when you understand who you are and who God is.

If you are a son of the Father 

And your Father is love

You can stand in love

If your father is joy

You can stand in Joy

If your father is peace you can stand in peace.

  • He understood what was happening

This is that

Suddenly this unlearned man had insight

He had revelation

He spoke with authority

It was what?

Acts 2:16-21

But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord . And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’

  • It is all about Jesus

Pentecost is all about Jesus

Bringing Jesus to our world

Acts 2:29-36

“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’ “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Jerusalem

Judea

Samaria

Uttermost parts of the earth

Finally, what can happen to you?

You will find in fire what You call gold

You will find in fire what You can mold

Acts 2:37-39

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

Repent

Have a change of mind

In your fire, God brings gold.

In that fire, He can mold. (If we have that metanoia) 

The Refiners fire always leads us to this place the place of repentance.

Change of Identity (baptized in the name of Jesus)

Gift of the Holy Spirit

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