Posts Tagged ‘Pentecost’

When John, Peter, Paul and others continuously called people up higher in their epistles, they were assuming that the people reading their letters were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The New Testament reality cannot be truly lived victoriously without it.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)



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Without revelation, your brain will always become your enemy.  What I mean by that is that our natural minds cannot totally understand God and that left to our own devices and natural abilities and insights, our spirituality always becomes merely the traditions and ideas of men, which, ultimately, will always war against the truth and reality of God.  I am not saying that we should ignore our brains or that we should not be thinking people.  But the human mind was never meant to be the center of our reality.  God is.  And even though He gave us our brains (wonderful and amazing and useful as they are), they will never be enough to walk in the fullness of our callings as spiritual beings.

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

“to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;” (Ephesians 3:19)

“lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5)

“No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’ — but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:7-10)

A perfect example of this is in Matthew 16, where Peter receives a revelation of who Jesus really is, and Jesus says, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” But just a few moments later, Peter stops relying on revelation and starts using his mind to figure things out, and he is rebuked by Jesus as one who opposes God: “Get behind me, Satan! [ie – opposer] You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

So…spend time with God, getting to know Him. This is ABSOLUTELY important to your eternal destiny. You need Him to tell you stuff — important stuff that you can know no other way than that He reveals it to you:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3-4)

Spend more time in His Word, yes. But also spend time listening for His voice. And as you begin to hear, respond to Him. Because then the real adventure begins — the adventure of the Spirit-led life.

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14-15)


A great quote by John Wesley.
And perfect as we approach Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost is not something that happened long ago that we only have memories of.
It is meant to be a living, present reality in our lives and in the Church.
So…if you want more of God’s power and passion in your life, ASK HIM!

“You do not have, because you do not ask God.”
(James 4:2)

“How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
(Luke 11:13)
“Seraphim” means “burning ones”.
Seraphim are the closest angels to God in the throne room.
And they are always on fire!

It’s simple thermodynamics — the closer you get to Jesus, the more you burn for Him.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  It doesn’t have to be a time of mere remembrance.
It can be a time of IGNITION.


Here’s a short vid I created for Pentecost Sunday, which is coming up on June 8th.  Enjoy!




Pentecost Sunday is this coming Sunday.  Pentecost and the Book of Acts are not museum pieces to be pulled out and marveled at once a year or given a bit of a religious obligatory perusal.  But rather, the are living realities that we as the Church today are called to walk in as our inheritance in Jesus.

With all the intense things going on in the world, sometimes Christians lose sight of what is truly and amazingly important – that the Creator of the universe is living inside of them…

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

He’s the Holy Ghost — not the Holy Guest!  He doesn’t occasionally visit us — we are His dwelling place.  A real breakthrough happens when we experientially realize the 24/7 indwelling Presence of the Living God.  LIKE, HE’S IN US ALL THE FREAKING TIME!!!

And…“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Just remember:  With His victory on the cross, His glorious resurrection, and the magnificent indwelling of His Holy Spirit in us, we are more than just sinners saved by grace.  Yes, we are nothing without Him.  BUT WE ARE NOT WITHOUT HIM ANYMORE!!!  He did much more than just wipe the slate clean and “get us back to zero”.  We are His Children! (1 John 3:1) We share in His Divine nature! (2 Peter 1:4).  And we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37)  To quote Bill Johnson:

“At some point we must rise up to the high call of God and stop saying things about ourselves that are no longer true.  If we are going to fully come in to what God has for us in this last days’ revival, we will have to come to grips with the issue of being more than sinners saved by grace.  Maturity comes from faith in the sufficiency of God’s redemptive work that establishes us as sons and daughters of the Most High.”