Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
—Acts 2:4

When the Holy Spirit came to earth, speech was different. People began to speak with other tongues.

Pastor Dennis Bennett, a leader in the Charismatic Renewal of the 1960s through the 1990s, explains what happened in Acts 2:

He overflowed from them out into the world around, inspiring them to praise and glorify God, not only in their own tongues, but in the new languages, and in so doing, tamed their tongues to His use, freed their spirits, renewed their minds, refreshed their bodies, and brought power to witness.

Kathryn Kuhlman said it this way:

When the human heart or life begins to be emptied of self and we surrender to God our minds and bodies as a living sacrifice, it is then that we are filled with the Holy Spirit… Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, a vessel that is filled with the Holy Ghost, and He comes in and uses our mind, our tongue, our hands, our body.

Everything began changing! With the power he received at Pentecost, Peter declared the message of Christ, and three thousand people were added to the church in one day (see Acts 2:41).

A Prayer for Today:
Father, I think You for Your precious Holy Spirit that changes all, including my speech. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to work and struggle to earn even a single drop of the mighty river of grace and anointing that flows freely over me today. Thank you for the unmerited favor of this abundant life. Please strengthen me and teach me to speak clearly of You. Bring me to Your desired goal. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.