One of my earliest memories of church growing in the East End of London was attending a Saturday evening charismatic meeting with my parents. My dad would play the organ and I would stand next to him playing my trumpet. My friend Jon and I used to call it “Uncle Ben’s praising place.”
On one occasion I remember an elderly lady being slain in the spirit and falling backwards through the double doors that led to the main worship space. This was very entertaining to a 10 year old boy, but I recognised in the moment that the Lord was ministering to the lady and she beamed with the love of Jesus. She stood up after her encounter, it seemed to me as a young boy, more in love with Jesus.
I have heard a number of stories of people who have spoken in a tongue or language not learnt by themselves, but as they have spoken out in obedience to the Holy Spirit, the listener has understood the spoken work of the Lord to them in their mother tongue. This is what the Holy Spirit did in the book of Acts. “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Acts 2:7,8 & 11.
RT Kendall states in his book, “I know of three cases of people rising from the dead. The people involved told me personally of these happenings. They are good, credible and honourable men. I too know of creative miracles that took place, of very stunning prophecies that were amazingly fulfilled, and of startling exorcisms. The Holy Spirit does these things.”
Let’s not limit God to our human limitations and understanding. There are many examples in the book of Acts of the Holy Spirit doing the unusual; supernatural things in order to glorify Jesus and strengthen the church. People speaking in new languages, the sick healed, people set free from prisons, people prophesying, people being suddenly taken to a new place by the Spirit of the Lord.
Pray this verse with me today:
LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2