Today is Pentecost Sunday! Once again we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in Jerusalem. Two thousand years ago Peter and his friends saw the amazing results of their preaching in the name of Jesus. Three thousand people were added to the church! The fishermen that left their nets to be “fishers of man” got their first great catch of men. And from then on the ball has been rolling and you and I are a fruit of Peter and the others being obedient when Jesus said, “Follow me!”
I’ll never forget the night I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. As I recall, we were several children that stayed after the regular church service to pray and seek the baptism. I was escorted home by one of the teachers after I received my infilling. Mom had already gone to bed so we had to wake her up. Her excitement at that moment didn’t match mine but I’m sure she was happy.
Today I feel the need of the Holy Spirit in a greater and more powerful way. We need the supernatural. “We waste our time if what we do is not supernatural!” said Reverend Jerry Snavely, former pastor at Faith Assembly in Springfield, Missouri. The Holy Spirit is given to us to get the work of the ministry done. We need to seek more of God’s power every day.
Pray for the power of Pentecost
Three years ago, on Pentecost, I wrote the first blog on my Spanish web site. It had been my project for eight months and I prayed many “impatient” prayers for things to get moving. Thanks to my friend Jorge’s help in figuring out the easiest way for me to handle the web site I could finally get started. It’s not been an easy journey. There have been many hurdles to overcome. What a perfect day it was to start writing! I offered my time, my energy, my resources, and my creativity as a “gift” of celebration to the precious Holy Spirit that gives me the power I need to serve Jesus! I don’t feel worthy to call it a “gift” but what other word can I use.
My web site is for free downloads of teaching materials. When I got started I prayed it would be saturated with the power of God, because I want to be a channel for the supernatural. I have to keep as a goal to be an instrument for the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. And God wants to use each one of us to do his amazing work!
As I have mentioned before, my mission is to reach TEN MILLION FOR THE KINGDOM. There are no limits to what God can do if I get busy and do my part. Today I picked up my grandson David so he can spend some time with me. His dad met me half-way. During the trip I was thinking about the wonderful privilege to serve God in this capacity. Why did he spare me from dying of cancer? I believe it was because I asked him for another chance to tell the next generation his praiseworthy works!
It’s Pentecost! I have to celebrate the power and precious presence of the Holy Spirit. For quite a few days I’ve been telling the story of how God brought us to the United States. I will continue the miracle story. David is one of those miracles! If we had not come there would be no David.
In the car, we already made plans. He needs structure. His plan for the evening was to stay home. Tomorrow we are going to visit the graves of his grandfather and his aunt; it’s Memorial Day. Then we need to go to the store to buy some food. If he behaves he’ll get a toy. That”s very exciting for him!
What else does he want to do? Go to Fantastic Caverns. We’ve already been at the caves but he would like to go back. We’ve called some people from church who have boys. Maybe they can get together and play. Hopefully some of our plans will pan out. When our girls were growing up we made many plans but very few worked out, because our oldest one would get sick. So we learned not to set our expectations very high.
I know one thing we can set our expectation high on: the power of Pentecost. Jesus promised that when the Holy Spirit came upon us we would have power to be his witnesses. There have been more than two thousand years of uninterrupted work of the Holy Spirit here on earth, a work through frail vessels like you and me. Let’s be willing, available, and obedient to continue fulfilling the Great Commission until the day Jesus calls us home!
The power of Pentecost, the power of the Holy Spirit, is available for us every new day! Don’t let it pass you by!