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May 13, 2007
Pentecost Power

Pentecost Sunday is May 20. Many don’t have a clue what “Pentecost” means to the life of the follower of Jesus. There are many who want to relegate Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to the past. Isn’t it amazing that 8 of the 10 largest churches in the world think that each current day is a New Pentecost? The out pouring of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still, today, present and crucial in each gathering of believers.

So that makes it crucial that I ask you, “have you had your very own ?personal Pentecost?” Have you experienced the presence and power of the Holy Spirit?

Yes, we can point to excesses, embarrassments, and wacko’s who misuse and abuse people in the name of the Holy Spirit. Yes there have been people who have used the power of the Holy Spirit to rob people. Yes, there have been those who were so extreme as to be no “earthly good.”

A believer trying to live for Jesus while limiting the Holy Spirit is like trying to drive a car with the gas line pinched 99% shut. There is just enough gas to make it sputter. Many Christians attempt to do exactly that--limit the Holy Spirit in their lives. They want the Holy Spirit, but they don’t want to walk by faith and they don’t want to live a life “controlled” by the Holy Spirit.
So this Pentecost what will you say? What will you do? Will you pray that God would pour out the Holy Spirit in your life and in the lives of those you worship with each week? Will you be open to all, I mean ALL the Holy Spirit has for you?

All around the world, growing churches are open to the Holy Spirit. What you read in Acts you can experience in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. Why not in the US? Imagine a life filled with the Holy Spirit, saturated in prayer, overflowing with the life changing power of God! We would change the world! I know about few congregations in the US where they are experiencing this power. Here is an excerpt from a recent emails in churches I have been blessed to work with and know:

"Good things are happening.-- a young girl coming to the altar with her mom--the mom wanted healing prayer for a long-term condition--and the girl gets blind-sided by the love of God while standing there. She just starts weeping as the Holy Spirit falls on her while she is waiting with her mom and she ends up giving her life to Jesus. This was all new to her--she had only been to church about 4/5 times prior." (CT)

"At the conclusion of our Easter service 8 people were connected to Jesus and know now the true Hope of Easter!!! To date we have had 30 people make a decision to walk with Christ! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next! (NY)"

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