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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 21, 2013 - The Sign From Heaven

By Dorothy Buckingham

Jesus very clearly taught that it was expedient for us that He go away. He saw and felt the great lack of power in the lives even of those who followed closest. The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. Then how was the power to be obtained? Ah, if He went to the Father, He would send His Spirit. Then, and only then, could the weaknesses of the flesh be overcome.

"Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8, KJV).

"Tarry ye ... until ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).

Pray to be filled with the Spirit. Take Him by faith until you know that the power has come. Evidently there was to be some sign from heaven to give them the assurance of having received the Spirit. This sign they waited for and expected. And it came. "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4).

Does this apply to us today? Yes, of the first part we are sure. We do want to be filled with the Spirit, and so we pray. We take Him by faith into our lives in all of His fullness. But where is the sign from heaven that was given in the days of the apostles?

Ah, we stop there. Satan tells us that it is no longer necessary, and we believe him. Or else he puts a fear into our hearts, even at the very thought, and thus cuts off the blessing. Peter among the Samaritans (Acts 8:14-17) and Paul among the Ephesians (Acts 19:1-7) fully taught God's Word without fear or trembling. Then certainly and very assuredly, in our hearts we know that God would never make us feel any fear regarding His gifts to His children, or any blessings recorded in His Word.

That fear is a sure index finger pointing to Satan. Why, if the very word "tongues" is mentioned to some people, they are filled with fright. Is that fright of God, do you think? If you hear an Italian or a Frenchman speaking, does it make you afraid? Then why should we fear if the blessed Holy Spirit speaks in a foreign language? Oh, it is so clear and simple if we only try to understand.

He comes in. He fills your whole being with himself. He becomes a part of yourself  so much a part, that, if He speaks in your own language through your lips, you think it is yourself that is speaking. So as to let you know, without a doubt, that it is himself that speaks, and not you, He uses a language that you have never known.

That is the sign from heaven to give you perfect assurance that He has filled you. He has spoken through your lips, and your soul is satisfied.

— Adapted from "A Watered Garden" by Dorothy Buckingham, originally published in the August 17, 1929, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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