It’s Pentecost 2021. I believe this Pentecost which falls on May 23 will be an extra special one. We have entered our new season, a new decade and with that we need new empowerment.
You need something fresh. I don’t believe you are going to move forward without the new. Consider it an oil change!
To withstand the weightiness of the battles and victories ahead you’re going to need the help of the Holy Spirit. You need direction. With so many conflicting voices, you can’t afford not to have your own word and direction from the Lord. I want to invite you to seek the Holy Spirit this Pentecost.
When we become a born again believer in Christ at that moment we all should receive the Holy Spirit. He is the third Person of the Trinity. Since we received Him when we got saved you may be wondering why we need to receive Him again. Well, I know that is very easy to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). When this happens we become seared in the spirit to the point we don’t even hear the Holy Spirit anymore when He’s talking to us. So for this weekend I want you to invite Him to speak to you again.
I know we all read Acts 2 or portions of it on Pentecost but I want you to read it again. Look for what happens When the Holy Spirit comes and everything that comes after that.
What happened when He came and what happened as a result of His coming. This will help you to see if the same manifestations are happening in your own life which will let you know He is actually there. Read Acts 2
I’ve gone through this scripture and highlighted a few things that jumped out at me. The first two points are the instructions from Jesus in Acts 1 before the Holy Spirit came.
1 Acts 1:4 Jesus told them to wait for this “Gift”. This word is crucial because you can’t give yourself a gift, it is something you receive. You can also reject a gift. If it is a gift you are not paying for it. This is free. To receive the Holy Spirit is a choice you need to make first, then you wait, then you receive.
2 From Jesus’ ascension to when the Holy Spirit came in the Upper Room is said to be 7 – 10 days. Therefore, sometimes when you sit quietly praying and waiting on the Lord keep in mind that it may take some days before the Holy Spirit shows. Or, it may not.
3 The posture of waiting is important, unified if it’s more than one person, prayer, worshiping and expectation. They were not sitting there saying “maybe He will show up” No, they were SURE He was coming. You need to expect Him to show up.
4. When the Holy Spirit came He divided Himself and rested upon each one which shows that He is omnipresent. That’s how He is able to fill believers all over the world at the same time and work giftings through all at the same time. Selah. If that doesn’t blow your mind nothing will.
5 They heard Him enter and then they saw the manifestation with their eyes. Then they began to manifest what they saw. If anyone tells you the Holy Spirit doesn’t have a manifestation, that is not true. In the simpliest of terms, YOU are the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. When there is change in your life and it was not done through human effort or striving but by supernatural power, that’s the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. So, I don’t want you to be afraid or think this is some “woo woo spirit” that is there to scare you. HE is a gentleman so you will not see Him manifested in a form that is going to scare and terrify you. He will not show up where He’s not welcomed and invited. He’s gentle.
——————————-Did you know there are more than one Spirit?———————————————-
Do a word search in the Names of God Bible for Ruach. These are different manifestations of God’s Spirit. It’s the same spirit but the different manifestations have different names.
The scripture in Acts 2 says this was the HOLY Spirit. This is from the Greek Hagios which means Holy, Set Apart By God, Sacred
40 hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“), holy; for the believer,(hágios) means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”
In the old Testament the Hebrew for Holy Spirit is Ruach Qodesh.
Not to be confused with the Spirit of God that hovered over the waters at creation (Genesis 1:2). Same Spirit. Different Manifestation. There was no need to “Set Apart” at creation. So the Spirit is Ruach Elohim that hovered over the waters. Since Elohim is the three in one Creator God, that Spirit was the Spirit of Creator God. Because They were in creation mode.
So, this Pentecost you need the HOLY Spirit to set you apart as a special utensil to be used by God (2 Timothy 2:20-21)
When people look at you don’t you want them to say “this one is different from the world”
This father is not like the other fathers.
This mother is unlike the others.
This church is not like the other churches.
This prophet is not like the other prophets. They don’t have that compromising spirit on them.
Set Apart. For such a time as this. Holy.
In this new era of the church, God is using the set apart ones.
6 The Passion Translation says… v. 3 “It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them.” Complete saturation in the Holy Spirit. Please note they set themself apart physically by being together in the Upper Room and then the Holy Spirit came and set them apart for His purpose, in the spirit. Hallelujah!
7 They were filled and equipped for the work of the Kingdom. If you are going to do anything for the Lord you need to be equipped.
8 They spoke in other tongues. I want to clarify that the tongues they spoke here were known tongues/languages of the people in the region
verse 8 “So how is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages? 9 We are northeastern Iranians,northwestern Iranians, Elamites, and those from Mesopotamia,Judea, east central Turkey, the coastal areas of the Black Sea, Asia, 10 north central Turkey,southern Turkey, Egypt, Libyans who are neighbors of Cyrene, visitors from all over the Roman Empire, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs. 11 Yet we hear them speaking of God’s mighty wonders in our own dialects!” 12 They all stood there, dumbfounded and astonished, saying to one another, “What is this phenomenon?”
I am thinking that when the disciples were speaking perhaps they were thinking and speaking in Hebrew but when it went out of the message was received in the language that the hearer needed to hear it.
Why did the Holy Spirit do this? It was time to grow the church. They needed to speak these languages to lead others to Jesus so He gave them what they needed to get the job done.
Where God guides, He provides
The Lord knows exactly what you need to move ahead this year. Go, sit, worship, pray, wait for the Holy Spirit empowerment before you move forward.
The disciples did not ask for this. God gave them what they needed. Is it possible you don’t even know what you need to get the job done? How about this simple prayer
Holy Spirit, fill me and empower me, give me what I need to get the job done. To build the Kingdom. To build this business. To start this church. To reach the nations. To raise my children. To manage this job.
Remember He is the Ephesians 3:20 God, so He is able to do what you don’t even know He can do.
9 They were given gifts and supernatural abilities. They spoke in other languages, they preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So we see the prophetic and the evangelist gift came forth. They were operating in signs, wonders and miracles. All nine gifts of the Holy Spirit were in operation and manifested through them..
10 They didn’t need to twist anyone’s arm to have them receive Christ because it was the Holy Spirit doing it through them. This was done with ease. No striving. God can actually remove all the hard work
38 Peter replied, “Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
40 Peter preached to them and warned them with these words: “Be rescued from the wayward and perverse culture of this world!”
11 It says in verse 41 that 3,000 people became believers that day. They went from sitting in the upper room to having a mega church! MY GOODNESS! Sweat-less victory!!! Don’t ever think that God can’t do the impossible overnight. Especially when they didn’t even speak the language of those 10 countries in the natural! How amazing is that? When you are aligned with God’s will anything is possible!
12 They were unified. They came together in prayer. A spirit of generosity was among them. They took communion everyday. God’s favor was upon them. God blessed them.
13 They had an anointing to multiply.
Question? Does this sound like something you need right now? Let’s go! We are in the season of Pentecost. You can do this at anytime but I do believe the Kairos of God is upon us with this one.
If you wandered away from God, seared the Holy Spirit and you need to come back in communion with Him all you have to do is repent. Ask Him to forgive you. Start fresh today. Sit, pray, worship, and ask Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Tell Him you don’t want to move forward without His filling and empowerment.
Holy Spirit, fall afresh on me. Put a crown of Holy fire upon my head. Set me apart for the work of Your Kingdom. Manifest through me, in Jesus name, Amen!
Enjoy this spontaneous prophetic worship
We know that the tongues spoken in Acts 2 were known languages but did you know there are actually different administrations for the gift of tongues? You can read more about them here. If you speak in tongues during this time of Pentecost, God will also release wisdom and strategies on how you can move forward in this season.
I pray this encouraged you to seek Him like never before.