Monday, May 16, 2016

celebrating pentecost

History tells us that when the Holy Spirit fell and the apostle Peter began to speak that thousands of lives were changed that day which began some what of an epidemic of life change every since.  What began that day is still happening in the lives of people who are coming to know Jesus as their Savior now.

People have celebrated Pentecost ever since.  The day of the festival is 50 days after our Easter, and it is a reminder of how God have kept on influencing humanity since the beginning of time.  God sought to be close to Adam and Eve, yet with sin came separation of every kind.  The connection that Christ brought with the cross of Calvary continues with the Holy Spirit interacting in our lives and the world every minute of every day.

Acts 2  NLT
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability… 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that… 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” 41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

That was a day that we cannot and must not forget.  That is the same Holy Spirit that works in and through our lives every day. 

for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

Titus 3:5  NASB
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

John 14:26  NASB
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 16:13  NASB
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

That is the gift of the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives.  Thank God for the celebration of the day of Pentecost!

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