One of the most interesting TV show titles I think I have ever heard is called ‘MythBusters’. It is a science entertainment TV program where the show’s hosts, spcial effect experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos and news stories.
As the first son of four children learning house chores and learning myths was part of growing up to me. I lived with so many fears and inappropriate understanding of so many things until I had encounters and information that ‘busted’ the myths.
I am one who loves to juxtapose things I read and hear with truths from authority or source. I do not do these to fault people or pick errors but it is simply an effort to avoid from falling into the category of the blind leading the blind to destruction.
In a recent trip to Israel, I learnt of so many Jewish things and saw many biblical sites I has interpreted or taught wrongly thanks to ‘gospel according to mentors and powerful preachers’ it was a good eye witnessing and life changing encounter and experience.
So, as I traverse through the scriptures on very many occasions to avoid spreading harmful interpretation of God’s voice though his words, I personally discover verses that challenge things I have heard, believed, taught and practiced for many years as truth.
Together lets bust some myths about the purpose and coming of the Holy Spirit into our gatherings using three points.
- 1. The Holy Spirit does not come to just make our services, exciting, lively and give us ‘holy goose bumps’
The coming of the Holy Spirit is given by God for witnessing about Jesus. How I do I know this? Because the Bible says so:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Mein Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
Let’s read this short portion of scripture before we look at the next 2 points
“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.” Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
- 2. The Holy Spirit does not come through hype
A lot of people times we put in effort to hype people so they can hype the Holy Spirit into coming into services or fellowship which is truly meant to honor God or bring glory to his name.
That was not the case from the picture the scripture depicts here. The disciples were together in one of the usual meeting keeping hope alive and being steadfast to the promise Jesus made in Acts 1:8. I want to believe they have had several of such meetings in the past with full expectation that this is it! Today seems to be the day it will come but only go home still expecting it. Then on this day, not arranged by them, nobody was hyped like we do in our gatherings these days the Holy Spirit came without consulting or taking permission from any of them. How do I know this? Because the Bible says “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven…” Acts 2: 1.
- 3. The Holy Spirit is not to make people superstars.
One blunder I think the church is making is that we have made superstars out of people we believe have been chosen to be sole custodians of the presence of God. As a result of these we look forward to them being present in our church services or fellowships so the services would be great.
So, some people won’t come to church if the senior pastor travels. Some don’t listen to any other Christian speaker beside one from their local church because they believe every other preaching or service is void of God’s power or presence because one who carries the presence or commands the presence is absent. That is nauseating.
Let us subject the scripture we read twice a while ago to a little careful analysis.
“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.” Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV) (Emphasis mine)
The Holy Spirit “filled the whole house” and not only where Peter was sitting. When the Holy Spirit comes it fills the atmosphere not only the senior pastor’s sits.
The tongues of fire “sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”. I only laugh when I recall crusades where the preacher would be the one to tell the crowd the current location of the Holy Spirit or if he is kind enough, he informs or confirms to individuals that the Holy Spirit is on them so they can go ahead with charismatic display or pentecostal gymnastics.
The Holy Spirit is God’s presence inculcating divine ability in us to enable us carry out His will and not to make us superstars.
Avail yourself and He will fill, empower and use you to the glory of the name of Jesus.
Thanks for reading