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Prepare for Pentecost:
Holy Spirit & the Church

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Scripture Reading:

Joel 2:28-30 (NIV) “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens     and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

Acts 2:1-4 (NIV) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Meditation Thought:

HOLY SPIRIT

is “the third Divine Person of the Eternal Godhead, co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent with the Father and the Son [Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7, 8; Isaiah 48:12, 16; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:33; Ephesians 2:18; John 14:26].

It is His ministry to convict men of sin; and convert man as well as to reveal the Son and the Father to the Believer [John 3:5, 6; 6:63; Romans 8:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:17; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:4; 8:29; Jude 20]. Since the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit in all His glorious operation is working through all who believe on the Father through the Son. This is why the present era is known as the age of the Holy Spirit and He is the God of this dispensation of grace. His love to us is to regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower Believers for godly living and service.” HE is the Agent of Change.

 THE CHURCH

 

"The church was birth after the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit formed the Church into a corporate structure, known as the Body of Christ, baptizing the living members into the spiritual body. Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church [Acts 2:1-4; I Corinthians 12:12 – 27; Ephesians 1:22-23]. The Holy Spirit formed the Church to be the new and living temple of God, setting believers into their places as living stones in the new Covenant temple [1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:16; Ephesians 2:20-22]. Through the Holy Spirit the church receives the anointing and illumination (the process of the Holy Spirit enlightening man’s understanding to be able to receive God’s revelation [1 John 2:20, 27], and direction as the New covenant Priestly Body [2 Corinthians 1:21; Psalm 133: 1-2; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 1:17-18; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13].) 

 

Furthermore, the Church receives gifts and graces from the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28-31; Romans 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23] that demonstrate the Spirit’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. The fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of nature and character of the Holy Spirit in the members of the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the agent of direction and government in the Church and the Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church in heaven, directing His affairs in His Body by means of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that calls, quickens, energizes and equips the various ministries in the Church and every member of the Body of Christ according to their particular place [Acts 13:1-3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Ephesians 4:8-12; 1 Peter 1:12; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Acts 1:8], so that evangelism and missions otherwise known as the Great Commission, can continue. The Great Commission is the assignment to proclaim the Gospel/Good News of Jesus as Lord and Savior, make disciples and establish congregations, and express the love of God to neighbors through works of compassion.

Put into Practice:

Today, prepare yourselves for Pentecost. Pentecost is May 19, 2024. Allow the Holy Spirit to electrify and charge you on this day. This precious gift, was given to us and it is about time that we open ourselves up to His ministry. Grieve not the Holy Spirit on this day.

Corporate Fasting & Prayer

Informational Guide

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The church will corporately fast every Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The purpose of the corporate fast is to help us bring our bodies, appetites, or desires (both physically and spiritually) under subjection which in turn will allow our spiritual man to grow because then we become more dependent on God. This biblical practice and principle also centers on helping us draw closer to God so that we may know His will for our lives and this ministry. 

 

Again this isn't mandatory, but I am asking you to walk with me through this process. If you can't fast for any reason, whether it is due to health or just lack of discipline, choose a specific time where you cut off all distractions and allow that moment to be your special time with God to pray or read/study God's word. For some it may be 5 mins, for others 1 hour to 12 hours. Just make it count. 

 

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