And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:42, 46-47 KJV)
In Biblical prophetic writings, it is to be noted that most times, water bodies (rivers, oceans, seas, etc.) represent or show case a large amount of peoples- human beings on the face of the earth. Now, a flood is a body of water driven by a mighty wind. That word ‘wind’ is in Greek the same with Spirit (i.e. Pneuma). So, a flood in Biblical prophecy can represent a large amount of peoples (men and women, old and young, lettered and unlettered), who are driven (propelled, moved forward and set in motion) by the Spirit of God.
The Prophet Nahum spoke about an arrangement that God is making in the end-times to bring to a stop what the devil is doing. He said, “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.” (Nahum 1:7-8 KJV) The Lord is arranging a weapon, says the Prophet. The weapon will not be one mighty man/prophet pushed forth by God. Rather, the weapon is peoples (ordinary men and women) with the power of the Holy Spirit resting on them. “With an overrunning flood I will make an utter end”, says the Lord.
Now, step forward to the days of the early church. At first it was 120 persons, later it was 3120, and later it was a great multitude of peoples that they stopped counting! But the story of what transpired after that day of Pentecost was not the story of one man. Some men may have stood out prominent in that story because of the concentration given by the Holy Spirit (through the story writer) on those men. But truly speaking, what terrorized the Roman Empire and brought kingdoms to the Lord’s feet was not really one man’s effort, but the combined efforts of little, ordinary, daily men and women who had no much special abilities apart from the fact that they were filled with the Holy Spirit. That was all the church needed to change their society- A FLOOD.
Today, God still looks for a flood- a generation of ordinary men and women who are propelled, driven and led by the Holy Spirit of God. That is why He is pouring out His Spirit in the last days upon all flesh. That is why there is this avalanche (or out-pouring) of men with irresistible Apostolic and Prophetic unction. It is not for us to end in celebrating them as our fathers and grand-fathers, and boasting in their anointing. No. It is so that through their ministries the Spirit will be poured upon all flesh, and God will have His overrunning flood.
Now, what is your role in it? Very simple. Our Key verse in this reading says, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2 vs. 42) Your major role and commitment to this vision is to continue in the things you have been taught, like these men did. It is to continue in the Doctrine of the Apostles. It is to continue in fellowship with the brotherhood. It is to continue in the breaking of bread, and much more, it is to continue in prayers.
With time, the brethren in Jerusalem were scattered; but wherever each of the disciples went, they became a bulwark of strength against the enemy. The combined effect of their individual commitments to the Gospel of Jesus brought about a FLOOD EFFECT on their nation, and the then known world felt the impact of these disciples of Jesus.
This is what we need now. We pray that God will help each one of us, especially you that is reading this post, to be fully committed to the cause of Jesus Christ, such that you will not only read about it or speak it to others, but you will also live it out. Nothing the enemy puts forward can ever withstand the Lord’s Flood when it arrives. It is called an “overrunning flood”, and it usually brings to an utter end all the works of the enemy, no matter how long or how deep they had become.
Even so, Lord Jesus, let the Overrunning Flood arise!