‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
This was the admonition and promise given by Jesus just before He ascended to sit at the Father’s Right Hand. He was leaving His disciples but He was not going to leave them alone and powerless.
The admonition was that their job was not to seek out times and dates concerning the coming events but to be witnesses everywhere.
The Holy Spirit was coming and the disciples would receive power when He dis; the power they needed to be witnesses everywhere.
The Holy Spirit came that first Pentecost and the world hasn’t been the same since. The power of almighty God was released and these disciples did become witnesses to the ends of the earth. We are testimony to this truth ~ compared to Jerusalem, we live at the end of the earth.
Sunday June 4th, we celebrate the anniversary of that first Pentecost but it is important to know and believe that the power that was experienced then can also be experienced now. The power to be 'witnesses in St. Marys, in all Ontario and Canada, and to the ends of the earth.’ is available through experiencing the Holy Spirit ‘coming on us’. The power to give credible testimony and evidence of Christ is available as we are ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit’; just as Jesus said. (Mark 1:8; Acts1:4,5)
Think about what happened to the disciples following Jesus ascension. They gathered in the Upper Room as Jesus told them and they prayed, and they prayed and they prayed some more. They gathered and waited, and waited and waited some more. They didn’t know when the promise would be fulfilled but they knew Jesus and they knew they could trust Him.
Each one of us needs the empowering of the Holy Spirit; each one of us needs a fresh baptism of the Spirit. Our Churches need a refreshing experience of the Spirit; a refilling of Holy Spirit power.
I believe the path to this is through prayer and seeking the Lord; just like the disciples did in the Upper Room. Seeking, waiting and expecting and fresh outpouring of the Spirit. Praying consistently, waiting in faith, expecting the wind of the Spirit are constants in the life of one seeking fresh pentecost.
What we need is a refreshing, cleansing and powerful baptism; enabling and equipping witnesses for the end times in which we live. Will you pray with me; with a seeking heart and an expectant faith?
The prayer challenge of last month stands; fervent/focused prayer, daily/weekly prayer, regular/consistent prayer.
In June, let’s pray ‘for authentic, passionate pentecostal leadership and congregations.’
You can find the prayer guide and many more resources at everydayfaith.ca These can help encourage your faith and dependance on the Holy Spirit.
I’ve linked to a video testimony you just need to see; a powerful story of an El Salvadorian child named Ana. Her experience with the Holy Spirit is awesome! Please take the time to check it out.
Don't forget prayer changes things; prayer changes people and prayer paves the way to fresh authentic pentecost in our day and in our communities.
Click here to see Ana's Testimony 2017 King's Castle El Salvador
I will look forward to reading some of your experiences in the comments.