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Ice Box Rally

Ice Box Rally
September 2020

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.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

                                                                                       Acts 2:2-4

Communicating the Fire
This story is the beginning of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Christians. It is a timeless story. People were paying attention to the fact that something was changing drastically that day. This story goes on to say that the crowds heard the apostles speaking in each persons own language and couldn’t comprehend how that was happening. It isn’t as dramatic in our current time today. Ask yourself if you had a tongue of fire moment in your life where others saw a change in you. What language do others hear you speaking? Sometimes our words seem to lack the fire of the Holy Spirit and appears unrelateable to those who either have no faith in their lives or have rejected their beliefs for perceived hypocrisy within the church. We can communicate with each other using the Christian language most of us have known since we could speak, but those
words do not resonate with the community of individuals who don’t know the love of Jesus. It is important that others see authenticity in our lives. There are many who cross paths with us that don’t immediately know we are Christian. That first encounter may shape that individuals perception of religion when they later find out we are Christian. Do we present ourselves as caring or judgemental, upbeat or condescending? Others are observing our actions as soon as they know we are a Christian. All of us are human and are going to goof up, this is our sinful nature we desperately try to overcome. Let’s not be the one who gives unbelievers reason to distrust Christianity.
We need to take time to objectively look at our behavior and words when we are out in the
community. Our plea to the Holy Spirit is to make us the best we can be and affect change in the people we meet.

Most holy and precious Lord,
As I seek to become a better person, let me seek the Holy Spirit to be a changing force in
my life. Show me how others can find you in the way I present your love to others I have
come to know. Give me the proper language, so others can understand what I know
about your sacrifice and love for the entire world. AMEN