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The Speed of the Sound

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THE WORD SIROCCO Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : The Speed of the Sound Scripture Reading : Acts 2:1-10 Main   Text : Acts 2:2 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. The sound like a wind rushed into the space the disciples occupied – it was like a rushing mighty wind (Acts 2:1-2). The sound did not “crawl” into the house. It did not “walk” into it. The supernatural explosion of sound did not even “run” into the midst of the disciples. It “rushed” in with the speed of a wind. Speed is one of the major characteristics of the explosion of God’s power. The manifestations of the Holy Ghost are quick and spontaneous. Our spirits must be quick to catch the moves of God. This generation of believers is a prophetic one. Prophets are noted for seeing visions and dreaming in rapid fashion. The prophet Elijah ran in front of Ahab’s chariot to Jezreel – he was faster than a chariot (1

The Source of the Sound

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Monday, January 25, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : The Source of the Sound Scripture Reading : Acts 2:1-10 Main Text: Acts 2:2 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Some characteristics of the sound on the day of Pentecost are clearly shown in the Acts 2: 2-4. Studying them will stir up our faith in the explosion of God’s power. The direction from which the sound came was described as “heaven”, the reason being it seemed to come from everywhere. The source of the sound was Heaven. Don’t listen to voices or sounds from hell. It is also likely that the writer of the book of Acts referred to the source of the sound as “heaven” because such a great blessing could only come from Heaven (James 1:17). The explosion of the Holy Ghost is a heavenly sound but not an earthly one. It is not uncommon for supernatural phenomena to come from Heaven. In his experience with Jesus Christ on

The Sound

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Saturday, January 23, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : The Sound Scripture Reading : Acts 2:1-10 Main Text: Acts 2:2 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. The coming of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost was associated with a sound from Heaven like a wind. The word “sound” in Acts 2:2 is the Greek word ‘Ä“chos’ meaning a loud or confused noise, roar or rumour. The various meanings of the word “sound” are comparable with an explosion. The main phenomenon that was associated with the arrival of the Holy Ghost was the “sound from heaven”. The wind was used to describe the sound (explosion). The people heard a sound – an explosion. Jesus Christ told Nicodemus that the wind of the Spirit has a sound. He said the wind was unpredictable. People cannot tell where it is coming from and where it is going but it’s effect can be felt (John 3:8). 1. Supernatural Sound The sound in the

Escape from Prison

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THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, January 22, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Escape from Prison Scripture Reading : Acts 16:1-27 Main Text: Acts 16:26 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. Many believers are bound physically or mentally. Believers could be incarcerated under several social, financial and health conditions with no hope of escape. The sudden or spontaneous manifestation of God’s power is about to release His people from bondage and strike the unbelievers who hold them captive with awe. In Acts 16:25-27, the earthquake was sudden, the prison doors were immediately opened and the chains of the prisoners were loosened. The release of the apostle Paul and Silas did not involve a long process of negotiation and laborious effort of unlocking doors. The power of the Holy Ghost to set prisoners free operates in this manner: 1. Shaking foundations

Expelling Demons II

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Thursday, January 21, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Expelling Demons II Scripture Reading : Matthew 14:1-21 Main Text: Mark 16:17 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; The apostle Paul cast out the spirit of divination from a young lady without any struggle (Acts 16:16-18). The lady was possessed by the spirit of divination – the spirit of a Python (huge serpent) or Pythios, was one of the names of Apollo, the Grecian god of the fine arts, of music, poetry, medicine, and eloquence. To expel demons we must discern them. Various translations of the Bible describe how the apostle Paul discerned the spirit of divination in the young lady. 1. Agitation The Message translation of the Bible says in Acts 16:18 that Paul was “fed up with her” and commanded the spirit to come out of her and “it was gone, just like that”. If we are fed up with demon possessed people, the demons would l

Expelling Demons

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Expelling Demons Scripture Reading : Matthew 14:1-21 Main Text: Mark 16:17 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Another aspect of the faith in Jesus Christ in which manifestations happen suddenly is expelling demons. Expelling demons is the practice of driving or forcing demons out of those who have them. It is commonly called casting out of devils (Mark 16:17-18). This practice is supposed to be simple and not laborious. In a deliverance case after the Mount of Transfiguration experience Jesus Christ exorcised a demon from a young man with so much ease that His disciples were surprised (Matthew 17:14-21). Two factors empower believers to cast out devils: 1. Faith In the above Scripture reference, Jesus Christ said some demons are cast out by faith. We must not chain mentally deranged people and inflict physical injuries

Unintentional Empowerment

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Unintentional Empowerment Scripture Reading : Acts 10:34-48 Main Text: Acts 10:44 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Unintentional empowerment is when the receivers of the empowerment do not do any special thing to receive it. Sometimes, they do not even know they have received the empowerment. The things you don’t think about, want, ask or work for are coming to you (Ephesians 3:20). Solomon received unintentional prosperity (2 Chronicles 1:10-12). He did not ask for wealth but God added it to his request. Cornelius and his household received unintentional empowerment from their own perspective. “WHILE PETER YET SPAKE”, everything happened. Cornelius’s household received unintended and unintentional empowerment (Acts 10:44-48). It was a sudden experience. The norm in the New Testament is the Holy Ghost coming upon people spontaneously but not forced upo

Unintended Empowerment

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THE WORD SIROCCO Monday, January 18, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Unintended Empowerment Scripture Reading : Acts 10:34-48 Main Text: Acts 10:44 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Unintended empowerment is when the person imparting the empowerment does not intend to do so. An example of a sudden explosion of the Holy Ghost occurred while Peter was preaching to Cornelius’ household. The Holy Ghost fell on them and they spoke in tongues and magnified God (Acts 10:44-48). The sudden move of the Holy Ghost was so fast that the doubting Jews in the audience could not stop Peter from baptising the Gentiles who had just received the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sudden, spontaneous and unexpected manifestations of the Holy Ghost were common in the ministrations of the early disciples. The process through which many believers receive impartations and blessings in the Body of Christ today is long and frustrating. “WHILE PETER YET SPAKE”

Encounter With Jesus Christ

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Saturday, January 16, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Encounter With Jesus Christ Scripture Reading : Acts 9:1-9 Main Text: Acts 9:3-4 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? The supernatural manifestations of God are characterised by suddenness. The Scriptures are replete with examples of the sudden, spontaneous or quick explosions/manifestations of God’s power. An example of such sudden explosions is some people’s encounter with Jesus Christ. Most unbelievers receive Jesus Christ by faith without experiencing any sudden supernatural phenomena. Some however, have dramatic encounters with Jesus Christ. Saul had an explosive encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:2-5). Saul was a learned man and devout Jew. He was a religious zealot who persecuted the Church and supervised the

Marks of Suddenness

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, January 15, 2021 Month Theme : Explosion Topic : Marks of Suddenness Scripture Reading : Acts 2:1-41 Main Text: Acts 2:1 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. An explosion is a violent shattering or blowing apart of something as is caused by a bomb. The explosion of the Holy Ghost features an element of suddenness. The day of Pentecost featured a sudden sound from Heaven like a rushing mighty wind which filled the entire house (Acts 2:1-2). There was a sudden explosion in the Upper Room. When the day or time “fully comes”, the event that follows may be “sudden”. Suddenness describes how the phenomenon of the coming of the Holy Ghost occurs: 1. Surprise Unexpectedness and abruptness. The Church needs a revival of surprises – salvation, healing, deliverance, miracles and supernatural experiences. 2. Swiftness Speed and quickness. The explosion of the Spirit is swift because of some factors. The message trans