Edited sermon by Pastor Allan of Open Door Church.
Acts 2: 1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This week end we are honoring the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so as Americans we can live in freedom.
Today is also Pentecost Sunday and we honor our Savior who gave His life a ransom so that we might be free from sin.
God created man for fellowship in the Garden, but a gap was created and Jesus came to fill that gap.
Jesus did many things, he taught, healed and worked miracles, but he was despised and rejected so a trial was held and they killed him. But He rose again and He lives so that we might live.
He met with many of His believers and told them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, believers would do the works that He did, but they needed power and authority.
Notice they were all in One Accord, in
One Place, and were unanimous in
agreement and consented to wait until.
It is amazing what a church body can accomplish when they are all in One Accord, seeking Jesus and doing what He asks.
Suddenly upon these Believers there was a sound from heaven, a wind, a fire and they all began to speak in other tongues that were foreign to them.
There is a misunderstanding about the Holy Spirit, for at Salvation He does come into the individual and they are born again. In that sense all Christians have the Holy Spirit, but the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience and the evidence is speaking in other Tongues.
All sorts of cool things happen when one is Baptized with the Holy Spirit. Tongues are only part of what is available in the Spiritual Gifts. Paul urged us to covet earnestly the best gifts, including prophesy, healing, words of wisdom, special faith to work miracles and words of God’s knowledge. He also said Tongues is important and essential and a powerful tool in intercessory prayer. Be wise to use your tongues around other believers and in private. Pray with the Spirit of understanding for others.
Here is the thing; if you go to a special conference or spiritual revival in another city, bring back the Holy Spirit to our town. Be of one mind, and in one accord, and God will show up where you live.
If you only go to church to see what the church can do for you, alter your focus and see what you can contribute. Years ago you may remember the
church? Let us take the Jericho march outside these walls. When you go about your business tomorrow, you
are taking the Holy Spirit with you. Are
we effective or defective? Jericho
Pastor stated, that as he was preparing for this sermon, he read that some believe that what happened in the book of Acts is done away with and there is no power today. Sorry, but that is wrong.
The Holy Spirit is alive and well and will empower us as we seek and wait on God to be filled.
“Holy Spirit, have your way in these people.”
The next 21 days we are calling a time of fasting and prayer, for salvations and healings. Fast however God shows you to fast. Not all fasts are a total fast.
I am tired of miracles and healings happening somewhere else. It is time to pray through until the answer comes. This is “crazy God Stuff, but expect God to move.
We can’t put God in a box, so understand what happens may not be exactly how you think it should be - - but don’t be scared of what God wants to do.
Just a little spark can start a big fire.
May we all be in One Accord.