Pastor Allan was ministering on this the Sunday of Pentecost and from my notes I present his digested sermon.
This is the day of revival. Acts 2:1 “When the day of Pentecost was fully come - -”
Understand it was because of Christ the Holy Spirit came. “They were all in one place and in one accord.”
Notice they were in unity and a corporate meeting was necessary. It is important that we are all on the same page, and that we congregate to worship in a central location.
There is power in agreement, and Jesus said, where 2 or 3 are gathered together, there am I in their midst.
The Holy Spirit showed up and showed off as the fire fell in the form of tongues and the 120 began to speak in other languages that were unknown to them.
Some wondered how this could be, and others mocked and made fun.
Don’t worry who is watching you and if others make fun of you. Just be full of the Holy Ghost. Be immersed in the Spirit of God.
The “world” does not understand the workings of the Holy Spirit; healings, miracles and signs and wonders. It is foolishness to them. “The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men.”
In the service there was a disturbance as some very young children became loose from their parents and ran to the front. Sincere believers in the congregation took their eyes off Pastor Allan and looked to see what was happening.
This is what happens in life when we take our eyes off Jesus and look instead at our circumstances. There are distractions that cause us to not pay attention and we loose our focus for a moment.
Perhaps we all need a “New Pentecostal experience.” Be faithful to the Word and listen when the minister is preaching.
Acts 2: 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!"
We must be brave enough to stand up for righteousness and inform our schools and leaders what we believe, approve and what we object to. We can make a difference as we rise up against evil and refuse to flow with the noisy crowd. Remember it was the shouting riotous crowd that crucified Jesus.
Acts 2:43 “A sense of fear came over everyone, and many signs and wonders were being done by the apostles.”
God is amazing. Just when we think we have it all figured out, God moves in a different and unexpected way. Trust the Lord and not your own judgment.
We have been praying that the Holy Spirit will move outside our church out there in our neighborhoods. It is important that we see answers to our prayers. We need to see healings, because it is an inspiration and encouragement to others. God is alive and not dead.
It is essential to pray in the Spirit using our pray language; for this opens heaven to pour out healing, deliverance and salvation. We must allow the Holy Spirit freedom to move as He wills.
You are here today right where you need to be in order to meet God.
What happened in the upper room is for us today. The promise is to you and to your children as prophesied in Joel 2:28-29 “It will come to pass after this, that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams and your young men will see visions.”
We are witnesses today for we have also experienced this outpouring and anointing to go forth and be witnesses for Christ, doing the works that Jesus instructed us to do.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit and keep being filled.