Day of Pentecost
A New Teaching Article
During the month of May, we are talking about what happened on the day of Pentecost and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ. Pentecost is a time of harvest and revelation; a time of God pouring out blessing on those who have waited; sowed tears; worked tirelessly for Him; and endured pain and been faithful in as much as they could for Him.
We know that the disciples were waiting in the upper room as instructed by Jesus. We know that the disciples had a saving knowledge of God through Jesus Christ and that they were obedient and followed His instructions. We know this because they were all in the upper room praying and seeking God, exactly where they were supposed to be; waiting on His promise.
Waiting is in itself a test of faith. But waiting is what stretches your faith, turning it into patience. And patience is what causes you to inherit the promises of God. The disciples were also praying and seeking God while in the upper room. Seeking is another process that kills flesh and can cause a little frustration in the flesh at first. Seeking God puts all the focus on Him and what He wants. Waiting on God stretches your faith and develops patience. The waiting and the seeking the disciples did in the upper room prepared them to be able to handle the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the waiting and the seeking that made them ready for His glory to rest upon them.
We know that the disciples had to have felt at least a little frustrated and maybe even wonder if things had been delayed. They knew what the Lord Himself had promised, but they did not know when. The disciples did not walk by their feelings, but by what they knew the Lord had said. They were in an upper room. We know that heat tends to rise. There was no air conditioning, no deodorant, no manmade items to make the wait more bearable. It was probably cramped and somewhat uncomfortable. But they endured patiently and received a major promise of God!
Like the disciples’ wait in the upper room, sometimes our circumstances can become cramped, hot, and pressurized as we wait for Him to move. God does everything by the moving of His Spirit. But the disciples had to wait on the Spirit of God to fall before they could move from that hot, cramped space!
These powerful disciples of Jesus were able to stay in this upper room, in one mind and spirit; all hearts being in unity. They were praying and seeking the Lord all together in total peace. Suddenly, in an explosive way, God’s promise of the Spirit of God is poured out in a glorious and very public display!
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:1-4.
Their time had come! The harvest of the Spirit and the revelation of who He was had come to those who sought Him, waited on Him, and followed His instructions to wait in the upper room. Think of how many people got discouraged and walked away, never to know the glory and awesome power of the Spirit of God. When we’re waiting on God, we have to be steady. We can’t walk away just before the breakthrough! Like the disciples in the upper room, we have to stick it out to receive the promises. God is never late! God has His eye on us and His blessing is coming.
The worldly, carnal people standing around did not know Jesus Christ and mocked them. They even went so far as to say the disciples were drunk. But the people who really followed Jesus knew what was going on!
For the carnal people standing around, their flesh was a stumbling block to the move of God right in front of them. The events struck them as strange. Don’t look at life’s strange events through the jaded eyes of the carnal mind; look at life’s events through the sincere, hopeful eyes of faith and you will see the move of the Holy Spirit. Are you waiting on God to send you a harvest of the Spirit?
In the Old Testament, Pentecost (Shavuot) was a feast of harvest and revelation. In the New Testament, we see that Pentecost is about receiving the harvest and revelation of the third Person of the Trinity – God’s awesome Holy Spirit.
God gives us power to live for Him! Our God is the only God who gives us His own Self, Jesus Christ, to die for us and constantly intercede for us! Our God is the only God who gives us His very own Spirit to empower us to carry out His instructions and assignments. This month we are talking about experiencing empowerment and victory as we are living the new way introduced to God’s people in the upper room at Pentecost – by being led by the very Spirit of God.
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