God has a SUDDENLY for YOU! Sunday’s sermon was for Pentecost Sunday, but it is powerful and important for every day…
Acts 2:1-4, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
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Acts 2:16-18 (KJV), “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”
IT’S ABOUT TO RAIN! God is dispensing seasons… Leviticus 26:4, “Then I will give you rain in due season.”
You are not designed to live in just 1 season! Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Purposes are regulated by seasons…
The difference between anything is SEASONS:
- Your harvest is coming forth
- God has flipped the switch
- Until you have a revelation you will be in the natural = not the supernatural
- When you do not discern a shift of season you will lack
- It is possible to be in a season that you are not cooperating with
Sunday May 23rd, was Pentecost Sunday. This is the time that the Book of Ruth was read, David was born, and it is the Ushering in of a new season!
Pentecost has 2 main themes: HARVEST & REVELATION
Get ready for harvest… an outpouring of God’s Spirit. God says, “I will pour out my Spirit.” Pour (Greek) means, “To pour forth, to gush out, shed abroad, to run greedily out.”
PENTECOST means “fiftieth”
Our text (with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit) was on the fiftieth day after the resurrection. Get ready for an outpouring, for harvest!
The “Celebration of Feasts” (or Divine Appointments) was NO uncommon thing to God’s people… Remember, “If it’s important to God.. It must be important to me!” Pentecost is a divine appointment designed by God Himself.
Leviticus 23:1-4 (KJV), “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.”
“Feasts” means, “a fixed time or appointment.” They are his own holy days with specific instructions given for observance… There are 3 major feast seasons listed in theO.T. with 7 Total feasts!
- THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER.
- THE FEAST OF WEEKS (PENTECOST).
- THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
As stated: The 2 themes that pervade Pentecost (Shavuot) are: Harvest & Revelation. Each Festival (or Divine Appointment) showed a part of the Lord’s heart. We first saw a God who was concerned for the enslavement of His people- Passover…
This Season included 3 feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits. God stretched out His mighty arm against the gods of Pharaoh, to bring His people out.
God wants to bring you out of Egypt!
He wants to rescue you (SAVE you) and deliver you completely! We remembered what He had done to free & redeem us, by the Passover Lamb… We then trusted in the Lord for a coming harvest by offering him the FIRST bundle of perfect barley sheaves (i.e = FIRSTFRUITS) After Passover there was an instruction…
7 weeks from the day that the set-apart barley sheaves were waved before the Lord (FIRSTFRUITS), the Israelites were to count off 7 weeks. The counting of these 49 days brought them to the wheat harvest, the more nourishing & valued grain. WHEAT BREAD was the bread of PROSPERITY, its flour produced the choicest baked goods.
Remember… Flour has gone through a process! It is what you have been through that makes you “valuable” for use, service. This “divine appointment” was a 2nd type of First Fruits… It was a “New Feast!”
Leviticus 23:15-17 (NIV), ”’From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.”
We notice that God instructed us to celebrate this feast (or divine appointment) 50 days after the early First fruits offering (during Passover Season). 1st Firstfruit – Brought forth Jesus- OUR PASSOVER LAMB! 2nd Firstfruit – Brought forth HIS CHURCH… us!
Get ready– There is a season of harvest that God is dispensing. The 10 commandments were given on Pentecost!
Pentecost has to do with the “Constitution” – the habits and principles of living within a structure mandated by God, or the WORD of God!
Proverbs 7:2-3 (NIV), “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
This is extremely significant to remind us to apply the principles and patterns of the Word of God. It is His Word that allows us the fullness of His Spirit & abundant life!
Pentecost pushes us to the laws of God … the ways of living that govern your life!
In Isaiah 48:3 (NIV) God declares, “I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”
SUDDENLY means “instantly,” from the root meaning “to open (the eyes); a wink, a moment, at at instant, quickly or unexpectedly!”
Whatever you have believed for, waited for, pressed through for, stood for- I came to declare; “GOD HAS A SUDDENLY FOR YOU!”