8 June 2014 - Pentecost

Pentecost

The day of Pentecost is the day when the Holy Ghost first came down as the disciples prayed in the upper room. Acts 2:1-4 reads , “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Pentecost is a time of a new beginning; a beginning to do what we have never done before, and a time to walk with God in our lives and be led by the Spirit of God as Jesus promised in John 15:26. If we believe in God and pray in one accord as they did in Acts, then there must be a beginning for you and me as well. Let us remember the effect and power of Pentecost because if we forget, we will remain at the same level where we are; powerless and fearful. Remembering Pentecost will inspire us to wait upon God for an outpouring of His power and anointing. This is why it is important for us to understand that prayer in one accord is crucial for us to begin to experience the work of the Holy Ghost in our midst. We learn from the disciples on the day of Pentecost that God can come down if we do things His way. You may be prayerful but if you are not in agreement with others, with Christ or with the Spirit of God, then God will not work effectively in you. Psalm 133:1-3 teaches us about the power of unity and promises that God commands a blessing if we are in one accord. Pentecost always takes us back to a point where we must value our unity, prayer life, and faith as the church of Jesus Christ. We must all focus on Christ and His promise.

The bible talks about timing in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, to everything there is a season and a time for everything that happens in life. The beginning of Pentecost was a season and a time for the in filling of the Holy Ghost; it was a season and beginning of a time of empowerment, and of walking in the power of the Spirit of God. This is why we do not want that day to go unnoticed. It is an important day in the history and life of the church. We are here today from all these different nations because of what started at Pentecost. Pentecost is our Independence Day. We were delivered from the power of the enemy. Let us continue to celebrate it by doing what our early fathers did on the day. This is where the church started, so if this is how the Holy Ghost began to work in that day, then we too should follow after that so we can learn how to position ourselves for that work again in our time and the future.

The Lord is prompting us to dig our ditches, to prepare our hearts, and get ready for a revival because this is the time to get ready for the call of a new season. Ecclesiastes 3 shows us that God has a timetable for everything but He wants us to do something in order for that time to come to pass. Look at Exodus 3:1-10. Moses was tending the flock when his time came and the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush when he was given an instruction to take off his sandals. Moses could have made excuses of it being too hot in the desert for him to remove his sandals, but because it was his time and he understood this, he obeyed and took off his sandals after which his season and purpose changed forever.

That was the last time he ever had to tend flock. Instead, he went on to challenge Pharaoh and then took the children of Israel out of Egypt. This was a new season and beginning for Moses and it needed a closer walk with God for instruction and strategy. Pentecost presents us with an opportunity for a new season and the beginning of a new life. It also stands for change. See how encountering God in the burning bush transformed Moses., his life changed afterwards. He began to walk in a new dimension of authority and effectiveness, changing water into blood, causing boils on the Egyptians, calling frogs to invade Egypt and all sorts of plagues that he had not done when he was tending sheep. We believe that here in Europe we are in a time of change but that change will not come without prayer and one accord. It’s our time to emulate our early church brothers in their attitude towards prayer.

Pentecost is a connection for eternal life, it’s the beginning of that process of ‘life forevermore’ that is why we must remember it. It reminds us to come together in one accord to pray and focus our attention on God in order to do His will. On that day of Pentecost they were not praying for power despite their lives being threatened, instead they prayed to God for help and for His will to be revealed and done. These are the prayers that we should pray. The Holy Spirit will come and help us to do the will of God.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour…” When we pray in one accord, we have a good return for our prayers. Therefore pray and expect God to do what He has done for others in similar circumstances because He does not change and He is faithful. Another result of prayer is that things can happen suddenly in your life; you may be struggling but in a blink of an eye things change. Just as it happened in Acts 2, “suddenly” there were tongues of fire on the apostles heads, “suddenly” they were filled and speaking in tongues, and healing the sick all other miracles because their time had come.

This month I want to encourage you to begin to walk in unity with your brothers and sisters and to be in one accord in prayer as we commit our nation and our generation to God. Let us also be in unity with other churches so that our Pentecost can result in the power that will lead people to salvation, a power that will heal the sick, a power that will set the captives free and set the demon possessed free.

There will always be a positive response from God if we pray in one accord. A new season of revival and joy is awaiting us. Let us continue to pray and wait on God.

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