It is Pentecost once again! Pentecost is the day we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in Jerusalem. This day over 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!”
The supernatural power of Pentecost has impacted the Church through the centuries. It was not a power only for the first disciples. It is the power of God for anyone who will receive it and believe it!
I was a child when I had my experience of Pentecost. I’m a living testimony that salvation, baptism in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the calling of God for missions can all be experienced by a child. All these experiences I had between the ages of six and ten.
I’ll never forget the night I had my experience of Pentecost, when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It happened in Askersund, Sweden. 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.
It has been wonderful over the years to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The gift of the prayer language, of speaking in tongues, is such an amazing gift from the Lord for building yourself up, for encouragement and consolation. It’s been over sixty years since I had “my” Pentecost. Today I feel the need of the Holy Spirit in an even greater and more powerful way. As Paul write to the church in Corinth, I “desire the spiritual gifts.” More of Jesus! More of His power! More of the Holy Spirit! More of Pentecost!
Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. 1 Cor 14:1-5
On Pentecost Sunday seven years ago we had a dynamic morning service at Faith Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri. Our pastor at that time, reverend Jerry Snavely, exhorted us with these words, “If what we do is not supernatural it is a waste of time!” 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. We need the supernatural!
I have a sign on the mirror in my bathroom that reads, Expect the Supernatural. I feel ashamed to say that it has been sitting there for years, just sitting there. I think I’ve seen it so much it has dulled my mind. I’ve had a revival! Brother Snavely’s words from 2009 are stirring my spirit. I want the supernatural like never before. How about you?
After the followers of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit their lives changes completely. On the memorable day when Jesus sent the Promise of the Father they were a relatively small group, “numbering about a hundred and twenty”. By at the end of the day the number had grown to more than three thousand. These followers of Jesus were never the same again.
This Pentecost, May 15 of 2016, may our hearts be revived to work with God in the supernatural.
- God is supernatural
- God can work supernaturally
- The Bible is full of the supernatural.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”–
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
- I want God to work in a supernatural way in my life
- I want to walk in supernatural power
- I want the supernatural work of god in my life
- I want to live in the supernatural
- I want everything supernatural that God will give me
Peter’s reply on the Day of Pentecost to those who were cut to the heart is for us too:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39
I praise God for Pentecost.
I praise God for the wonderful gift of speaking in tongues, a gift that you also can receive and experience. You just have to ask.
Jesus said,“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13
Ask Him for the Gift!
Our Father in heaven gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
The Day of Pentecost is a “perfect” day to ask for the Gift of Pentecost! Every day is “perfect” for asking! Do it, in Jesus’ name!
Practice cannot make you perfect, but the Holy Spirit can make you perfect in love, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Praise God for his perfect love!
Praise God for his perfect gift of the Holy Spirit!
Praise God for Pentecost!