YOUR PERSONAL PENTECOST

Today is the Day of Pentecost—50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. Today is the day the Holy Spirit came and filled the lives of the disciples and early believers. You, too, can have your own personal Pentecost today!

The fullness of the Holy Spirit is the overflowing of the Holy Spirit into, and out from the believer, the fulfillment of the promise the Father gave to all believers, leading to a full, rewarding life in Jesus Christ.

“Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive….” (John 7:37-39 NIV)

It is important for us to focus on the five great words of this Scripture —“thirsty,” “come,” “drink,” “believe” and “flow.”

  1. “Thirsty” – Do you have a thirst for a deeper life in the Lord? For a closer walk with Him? For a boldness to serve Him? Thirst is the prerequisite to being filled with the Holy Spirit.
  2. “Come to Me” – We must always come to Jesus for His fullness. He alone is the One who gives to us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Come to Jesus for the fullness of His Spirit!
  3. “Drink” – This is an act of receiving. Even as we drink a glass of water or breathe in a breath of fresh air, so we are simply to receive from Jesus the gift of the Holy Spirit. Even as we first trusted Jesus to freely forgive us all of our sins, so we now trust Him to freely fill us with all of His fullness!
  4. “Believe” – Believing the Lord is simply taking Him at His word. His promises are His unfailing Word. And He will always fulfill His promises to us. This confident expectation is called “faith.” Release your faith in His promise! Believe His word! He will fill you now!
  5. “Flow” – The promise of Jesus is that “streams of living water will flow from within…” us. In this assurance of faith, we are to step out in our devotional life, in our personal life, in our life of witness to the world, and believe that Jesus Christ will flow through us today in a miraculous way, in the gifts of the Spirit and in the fruit of the Spirit, by the power of His Holy Spirit! Today can be your personal day of Pentecost!

Pastor Charles

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DAY 20 – WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

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DAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE
Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 20:1-20

“Come down to make your name known…and cause the nations to quake before you!” Isaiah 64:2

We lift our voices with multitudes across our own land for a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is what a national awakening looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles Spurgeon—

Spurgeon wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land. A spirit of prayer is visiting our churches. The rushing mighty wind is already discerned, while on rising evangelists the tongues of fire have already descended.”

Spurgeon’s godly wisdom concerning revival was reflected in his words: “Observe how sovereign the operations of God are…He may, in one district, work a revival and persons may be stricken down and made to cry aloud; then there may be crowds and all may be still and quiet, as though no deep excitement existed at all….He can bless as He wills and He will bless as He wills. Let us not dictate to God. Many a blessing has been lost by Christians not believing it to be a blessing because it did not come in the particular shape that they conceived to be proper and right.”

Spurgeon had earnestly prayed: “O God, send us the Holy Ghost! Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee! Answer us both by wind and fire…Oh that thou wouldst send the wind and the fire!…God, send us a season of glorious disorder…Oh, for the fire to fall again!…Give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Thy reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake! Amen!” And God answered! In those years a million people were converted to Christ in the United Kingdom!

We pray with Charles Spurgeon—
Oh God, send us the Holy Ghost! Answer us by wind and fire! God send us a
season of glorious disorder! O, for the fire to fall! For Jesus’ sake! Amen!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, today I take additional time to seek Your face in prayer, fasting, worship, and adoration.
• As I am still in Your presence, speak deeply into my soul, all that is on Your heart for personal, national, and world-wide revival. (journal what you are hearing)

By Pastor Charles Schmitt