“Be Controlled by the Spirit”

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. (Acts 2:7-21)

Here we read about the Holy Spirit speaking through ordinary people in extraordinary ways.  So extraordinary in fact that people were amazed and perplexed.  They had no idea how these people were speaking the way they were.  Just like in today’s world we have people that do not want to admit they do not know what is going on so they make accusations.  They accused these men of being drunk with new wine.  It was easier for them to believe that than a move of God.  Peter had to straighten them out.  He told them they were not drunk because it was only morning.  Then he tells them this was prophesied about many years before by the prophet Joel.  

 Peter had to give the glory where it was due.  There was no other explanation to give than it was God.  He could not claim the glory for them.  People knew these men were Galileans.  There was no doubt in the minds of the spectators, there was something more to this than they were seeing.  

 The same Holy Spirit that did mighty works in the early church is the same Holy Spirit that lives in Christians today.  Why is it we do not see the people around us astonished or amazed at what the Spirit is doing through us?  I believe we as the modern church have tried to blend in with the world too much.  The reason we do not see people astonished at what God is doing through us is we have made it that way. We do not want to stand out from the crowd.  We do not want to appear weird or politically incorrect.  

 The only way the world will see the Holy Spirit working in our lives in such a way they are astonished is for us to be Spirit controlled.  The Apostle Paul spoke about this in Ephesians 5:18.  Paul tells Christians to be not be drunk with wine, but be controlled by the Spirit.  Paul compares being drunk with wine to being controlled by the Spirit.  

 I am sure you have seen someone that is drunk.  They stumble around, say things they normally would not say, they do not use judgment, etc.  They do not have control over their bodies and what they are doing.  Usually people can look at someone and tell when they are drunk.

 Being controlled by the Spirit should look similar.  Not in the way that leads to debauchery and foolishness, but in being controlled so much by the Spirit that people know it is not normally the way we act.  When the Spirit controls us we should be so out of our normal ways that people take notice.  

 When was the last time you were controlled by the Spirit?  What did people say when they saw you?