Saturday, April 7, 2012

We Need Another Pentecost



Acts 2:1-8

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The day of Pentecost refers to a Jewish feast held 50 days after the second day of Passover.

It was called Feast of Weeks (Ex. 34:22; Deut. 16:10), and Feast of the Harvest (Ex. 23:16).

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Pentecost is a day of thanksgiving to mark the end of the grain harvest. It is a holy Sabbath day.

2 loaves of bread made from the new wheat, and 2 yearling lambs were waved before the Lord as a thank offering, praising God for His grace in giving them a good harvest.

People were expected to attend this feast.

They were required to offer a free will offering to the Lord.

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The Lord Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days. Then He ascended back to Heaven. 10 days after ascension, and 50 days after resurrection, the words of Joel (Joel 3:18) and John the Baptist (Matt. 3:11) were fulfilled during the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:3).

On this day, the Lord began to harvest the lost souls of the world through His church.

Amazing things took place that day. Many miracles happened!

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We cannot duplicate the events of the day of Pentecost.

We cannot go to Jerusalem, enter the upper room, and wait to be filled with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has already come, and baptized every person who is saved (1 Cor. 12:13).

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We cannot duplicate the miracles of that day.

The miracles are God’s doing.

We are foolish if we spend our time seeking the spectacular.

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But we can duplicate the conditions that existed among the people of God on that day.

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We want to see the Lord move in our midst in power and glory in our days, just as He moved in those days.

We need another Pentecost!

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We need to create an atmosphere like the one that existed in the church on that day, and see God move in power among us in our days.

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One of the striking characteristics of the early church in the day of Pentecost was that they were together with one accord.

They had one mind!

These early disciples, all 120 (Acts 1:15), were united in their desire to seek the face of the Lord (Acts 1:14)!

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If we want the Lord’s presence and power in our days, then we must walk together in unity.

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We need another Pentecost!

We need a move of God in our days like the early church enjoyed in those days.

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But, if that is to happen, there must be unity among God’s people.

Let’s try to see and understand how the early church was so united.

Let us follow their example.

Let us have another Pentecost!


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