Jun8SunJune 8, 2014
Pentecost is about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There were three main celebrated feasts that the Children of Israel were required to keep. Pentecost is the second of the three; feast of weeks, harvest, and firstfruits. It was first implemented to mark the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. The law was given fifty days after the exodus from Egypt. God had descended upon the Mountain where there was thunder and lightning (see Exodus 19:9-25). The Lord descended upon it in fire (vs. 18). While it was a celebration of the firstfruits of Harvest, it commemorated the giving of the law under Moses.
Under the New Covenant, new meaning it’s never been done before and it’s for every believer who believes in Jesus and His Word! This new covenant has power and has been made available unto every person who desires to walk in it - power. Power to produce the fruit or results that God intends from His children - this power comes only from God. This power will cause a person to walk in victory, this type of power will cause a person to feel strong (emotionally, physically, spiritually), this type of power will cause a person to feel invigorated, this type of power will cause a person to believe that “with God all things are possible”. When a believer starts to feel defeated, depressed, helpless, hopeless, lifeless and they start to yield or give themselves over (recognize who does the yielding or surrendering – you) and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in them – a new person will evolve from this total submission of will. We have the will to receive or reject this power, we have the will to choose His thoughts (which is His Word), or choose our thoughts concerning this power. The Lord will not force a person nor impose His power – He doesn’t want robots, He desires yielded vessels of honor to build His Kingdom through this Power according to Acts chapter 2.
We celebrate the birth of Jesus known as Christmas; we celebrate the death, burial, resurrection or ascension of Jesus known as Easter/Resurrection; in addition, we as a Church of God or Body of Christ should recognize and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit known as Pentecost. According to the scriptures it’s the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – Jesus went back up to the Father, tag-team, the Holy Spirit came down to earth and rested on the disciples in the Upper Room (Acts 2). He didn’t come in quietly, He didn’t walk in gently, He didn’t whisper – NO, the Holy Spirit made a grand entrance (boom!), His entrance was loud where everyone in that city became curious and went to see what was happening. They heard a group of men and women (including Mary the Mother of Jesus) praying in tongues or heavenly language. There were more than 16 different dialects present during this time and all of them said, “How can this be, we hear them speaking in our own language the wonderful works of God”. When we pray in tongues, we never know how God will use us as it was in Acts chapter 2.
That same power is available today for every believer just as it was for all 120 of the disciples in that Upper Room. The power is for us to be a witness. The power is for boldness to preach Jesus and the Kingdom. The power is for demonstration and confirmation of the message we preach – this power is from God!