Pentecost is at hand
John 20:22 -
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
Yesterday I broke the Word in a Church nearby to where I stay (for the 1st time) and the topic was the same as the message we received for today.
Many think that we received the Latter Rain / the Spirit of God through Jesus at Pentecost. Today's scripture clearly states Jesus breathe on them before and said receive the Holy Spirit. Even in the book of Acts it is written before the manifestation at Pentecost Jesus communicated with his disciples through the Holy Spirit and instructed them to remain together in that place, this proves that the Holy Spirit was with them.
It was only when they followed the instruction of the Holy Spirit and waited for the right time, did they get baptized in the Holy Spirit. For the day of Pentecost (7th week after Passover / Resurrection Day - Pentecost was then called the feast of Harvest) was the day Moses received the Ten Commandments (the second time) which was given to the people. The first time God provided the tablets but on the second time, man had to prepare the tablets on which God wrote. The Writer of the Ten Commandments - the Finger of God / Holy Spirit now wrote into the tablets of flesh - the hearts of the Apostles.
We read in scriptures the Spirit of God was given unto the people in many ways; other than breathing on them, by laying of hands and also when anointing fell on the people while hearing the preaching.
Next Sunday we will be celebrating Pentecost. This is one of the most important days in the life of a Christian, more important than Christmas. If you have not been baptized and you have received the Holy Spirit, it is time to surrender unto Him, His instruction and be baptized in Him.
It is written in Acts when people were baptized in the Holy Spirit they were very confident that they were baptized, because there was physical manifestation of the baptism, mostly with the gift of tongues.
You have one week to prepare your hearts for the Finger of God to write His Law onto it and bear harvest of His fruit.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You came on earth with two purposes. One to open the close door by your sacrifice and second was to enable us to enter through the door by giving us your Spirit. O Holy Spirit, You are our Helper and it is by You alone that we can walk The Way - Jesus. Jesus opened the door for us but it is You alone Who can take us through that door. Work in us O Holy Spirit of God and enable us through this journey. Also use us to spread Jesus and You unto your people who have yet to receive You...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom he also showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God:
4 and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, ye heard from me:
5 For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence.
18 Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
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