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   FROM THE PULPIT
                       Weekly religious article
                                          Edward Proffitt, Th.D.

        WHAT IS BIBLICAL PENTECOSTAL POWER

                    "wait for the promise of the Father" Acts 1:4

                                          Edward Proffitt, Th. D.

 

The Church of Jesus Crist was born at the Biblical feast of Pentecost. And Pentecost has become a Sacred Holiday on the church calendar.  Pentecost has always been a holiday, a celebration of the harvest for Israel, it was a harvest of gain. For the Church, Pentecost is a great harvest of the Holy Spirit.

 

Because of Pentecost we reap a harvest of POWER to be a witness. Ability to be renewed and transformed in life in His presence. Because of Pentecost, His power is abundantly available to those that believe. A Pentecostal Church means they are identified and seek after the fullness of the Holy Spirit as they did in the scriptures found in the book of Acts at Pentecost, (Acts 1:1-8 read). 

 

I believe the Church today needs a harvest of the Holy Spirit of God in religion once again.  As a Christian witness we cannot afford to stop seeking to be filled with GODLY POWER. The Church cannot afford to remain the same it needs to be transformed. Lets look at some reasons.

 

FIRST. THE CHURCH NEEDS THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE THERE IS NEED FOR POWER TO WITNESS. There are many Christians who do not realize the inner power of the Holy Spirit. Power to handle things they think they must take into their own hands. BUT Holy Spirit power is available to US TO COMPLETE THE TASK BEFORE US IN THE HARVEST. And He wants us to completer the task in His power and not by our ability.

 

God did not ask His people to His work, without giving them the ability to do it. This is why they were asked to wait in Jerusalem until power from on high, "you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).  

 

With the Holy Spirit a Christian can make a difference, "my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but i demonstration of the Spirit and power" (1 Corinthians 2:4). 

Without power of the Holy Spirit the Gospel rest in mans wisdom,   thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5).That is what the Church will be putting emphasis on. It will be on externals rather than on internal, God forbid that we get in such a rut.

 

SECOND. WE NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE AS A CHURCH WE NEED TO BE TRANSFORMED, "there appeared like as of fire" (Acts 2:3).   FIRE is the symbol of transformation, FIRE changes whatever it touches, and the Holy Spirit works to TRANSFORM . The Holy Spirit took a group of fisherman, former prostates, ex;-religious leaders, tax collectors and formed them into a united group we call THE CHURCH BEFORE PENTECOST.

 

The disciples were scarred, they lacked faith, they didn't fully understand God's plan, but after Pentecostal FIRE fell they were united as never before. Nothing earlier had welded them into one 

united force, it took the FIRE of God's spirit to do this. What makes the CHURCH work today - GOD'S SPIRIT.

 

THIRD. AS HIS CHURCH WE CANNOT AFFORD TO IGNORE HIS IMMEDIAE PRESENCE. We are told, "He shall Baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire" (Matthew 3:11). At Pentecost the individual believers had "TONGUES OF FIRE" descending on  them. This was SUPERNATURAL FIRE FROM HEAVEN. God sent His own fire to demonstrate THE TEMPLE TRUTH, the that believers are the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, and the church would be the dwelling place of God's Holy Spirit, (John 1:17 read). I thank God for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life, but I also know that  unless I build and maintain my relationship, I can easily have that  relationship come to a halt.

 

Sometimes Christians neglect their spiritual maintenance, In Leviticus 6:12 a command was given, the mandate that the fire from God should never be permitted to go out. he fire was to be attended constantly. That is how we should think of the fire of the SPIRIT OF GOD in a Christians life, "Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Do not put out the Spirits fire.

 

The people of God that are: ***Walking in the Spirit.

                                                          ***Flowing in the Spirit.  

                                                          ***Cherishing His presence.

                                                          ***Satirring up the fire within.

They are going to make a difference in this world in these last days.​​

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