Acts 10:44-46 – While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had also been poured out on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.
One of the strangest things for me when I first began to experience God’s outpouring in 1994 was the interruptions of service by the moving of the Spirit. I thought any interruption would be way out of order but I was in for the surprise of my life when the Holy Spirit began interrupting our services. Many times it would be as simple as not being able to shut off the worship; how can you when God comes down? Other times it would be a chorus of laughter as scores of people began to laugh and laugh and laugh. Then on other occasions it may be a demonic manifestation, some stupid demon revealing himself because of the anointing and basically begging to be cast out. Jonathan Edwards spoke of these things in his services, apparently in received criticism for those kind of interruptions. Here is how he described this.
“But if God is pleased to convince the consciences of persons, so that they can’t avoid great outward manifestations, even to the interrupting and breaking off those public means they were attending. I don’t think this is confusion, or an unhappy interruption, any more than if a company should meet on the field to pray for rain, and should be broken off from their exercise by a plentiful shower. Would to God that all the public assemblies in the land were broken off from their public exercises with such confusion as this the next Sabbath day! We need not be sorry for the breaking the order of the means, by obtaining the end to which that order is directed: he that is going a journey to fetch a treasure, need not be sorry that he is stopped by meeting the treasure in the midst of his journey.”
I love the simplicity in his explanation. When I first read this statement, it really reassured me that these kinds of things happen when God comes down. I have been in plenty of services that needed an interruption!! Maybe this week the Lord will interrupt services all over our city – wouldn’t that be wonderful.