Do You Want to See?

The Scriptures declare that God confirms His Word with signs following.  Signs are seen.



Acts 2:2-3 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.


More and more I am hearing Christians declare a deepening desire to SEE the power of God manifest in their homes, lives, and churches.  I concur with them whole-heartedly.  In no day would I dare belittle the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.  Sadly, however, much of what comes from our pulpits today is NOT the Word of God.  We here much of politics, social matters, a hyper-grace message (NOT the Gospel), and a religious message that fills about an hour each week with much of nothing.  I know, what I am saying sounds critical, and perhaps even harsh.  It is neither.  It is truth. 

Yes, I am thankful to say that I still know and fellowship with great men and women of God who proclaim the Word of Truth each time they stand to speak for the Lord.  But even in their speaking of God’s Truth, there still seems to be a diminished level of “seeing” the manifest life and power of Holy Spirit.  I find this a consistent topic of conversation among Christians who believe we should be seeing, doing, and accomplishing more in the supernatural realm.  And I must say, I, too, am one of them.

Take a moment to read our Text for Today once again.  You will see a very interesting correlation in the two sentences.  In the first sentence, we read that the house was “filled,” and obviously with the presence of Holy Spirit.  Then in the second sentence we read, “And there appeared unto them…”  Do you see it?  The example set on the day of Pentecost, the first day of the church, is clear.  It fits easily into what is called the “law of first mentions” as it relates to Scriptures.  On the FIRST DAY of the church, when the “house” was “filled” with Holy Ghost, “there appeared unto them…”  In short, when the place was full of Holy Ghost, something supernatural was seen. 

Since Father, Son, and Holy Ghost do not change, and since the Word of God is forever settled in heaven, is it not reasonable to expect that when the place in which we gather together today is filled with Holy Ghost, that we should fully expect that something supernatural should be seen?  I believe it absolutely sets that truth forth.  Join me in believing and holding fast to this truth, and fully expecting something supernatural to be seen when the place we come together, wherever that may be (in the church house, a cottage prayer meeting, a ministry staff meeting, etc.), is “filled” with Holy Ghost.  And having done so, keep you eyes open, for believing brings seeing.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 5:7; Mark 11:22-24


Full House

When God fills a place, it is filled.  No room remains.



Acts 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.


It was fifty days after the crucifixion of our Lord.  He had risen from the dead, tarried in the earth for about five weeks, and ascended to the Father.  Then ten days later, as His followers who had obeyed His command to tarry in Jerusalem were gathered together in one place, Holy Ghost came on the scene, suddenly, powerfully, and fully.  Look at our Text for Today once again.  The sound came “suddenly,” though the plan was ages old.  The sound was of a “rushing mighty wind.”  “Rushing” indicates the meeting of a deadline, and the deadline was the promise of the Spirit.  “Mighty” signifies power, and this was indeed the dunamis power of God coming forth upon and into men.  And “wind” is significant of Holy Ghost; unseen, but tangible in His person, presence, and performance.

Now note the next phrase; “and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”  Please note that the passage does NOT say “it filled all the house,” but rather, “it filled all the house where they were sitting.”  There is great significance in that statement.  Holy Spirit did not come with the sound of a mighty rushing wind to an uninhabited location.  Rather, He came to a place that was inhabited by humanity, and not just any humanity, but to a place filled with humanity that was obedient to the Lord (the Word made flesh).  Holy Spirit has not changed, my friend; He is still the same today.  While as God, He is omnipresent (everywhere present at all times), Holy Spirit seeks that which is anointed as a place to rest, abide, and manifest His power.  On that first day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus, that place was the 120 people who had chosen to obey the command of Jesus to tarry in Jerusalem until they would be endued with power. 

The Word of God carries anointing, and when one hears the Word of God and obeys the Word of God, one carries with that obedient action the anointing that is on that Word.  In Genesis 1, while the earth was in darkness, Holy Spirit was present, hovering over the face of the deep.  But that is all He was doing – hovering – until the Word came forth.  When Father spoke, Holy Ghost responded to that Word and light came forth.  The same is still true today.  Holy Spirit is still hovering over the face of the earth, and more specifically, waiting before the face of every person, waiting to hear the Word of God come from their lips.  And when He hears the Word, He does what He has always done – He goes into action, carrying out what that Word says.  And when He does it, He does it in FULL; NEVER part way.  ALWAYS IN FULL.  Fill your life with God’s Word, speak that Word from your mouth, and allow Holy Ghost to fill your house TO THE FULL.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Genesis 1; Luke 4:18-21


There Is ALWAYS Time

Though He is not governed by time, our God is NEVER late or early.


There Is ALWAYS Time

Acts 2:1 – And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.


Consider the following events and the time surrounding them: Noah’s building of the ark and the coming of the flood; the destruction of Sodom after God’s visit with Abraham; Joseph interpreting dreams for Pharaoh; Moses bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt; Joshua and the children of Israel in their marching around Jericho; Daniel interpreting the “handwriting on the wall” for Nebuchadnezzar; Jesus telling His followers to “tarry in Jerusalem.”

Each of these incidents gives clear evidence of a great truth relating to our God.  His great judgments, His great moves, His mighty points of change ALL were announced in some way ahead of the moment of their beginning.  No one can honestly say that God did NOT warn or inform them of what was coming.  Before the flood, Noah not only built an ark, but preached righteousness for 120 years.  Before He destroyed Sodom, God first spoke to Abraham, who interceded on the behalf of any righteous people who could be found there.  Joseph’s interpretation of dreams spared Egypt AND the Israelites living in Egypt from the ravages of famine to come.  Abram warned his seed of their impending captivity in a foreign country LONG before Moses had to lead Israel out of Egypt.  Before the walls of Jericho fell down flat, the inhabitants had seven days of warnings in which, at least some of them, could have surrendered or left the city.  The “handwriting on the wall” in Babylon presented warning to which its leaders could have yielded.  And, of course, Jesus’ command to “tarry” held dynamic purpose as those who obeyed the “tarry” command discovered.  And oh, what a discovery!

I have heard some people say that God is a God of surprises.  HE IS NOT!  As He said concerning His judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah that He would not do anything until He had first revealed it to His friend, Abraham.  If things of God are hidden, they are hidden FOR us, not FROM us.  Only one thing is hidden FROM us; the moment Father will send Jesus for the Church.  And while our heavenly Father is NOT a God of surprises, He most assuredly IS a God of SUDDENLIES

Dear one, just because something happens SUDDENLY does not mean it is a SURPRISE.  It is generally in our ignorance that we are overtaken by surprises.  A birthday party may be a surprise, but it is only because the “surprised” person is ignorant of the event.  But in the kingdom of God, God does not go about surprising His people.  He is a Father Who forewarns, foretells, and prepares His people for what is to come.  And even though we know NOT the time of the rapture, we are already forewarned of its coming.  Don’t be surprised.  You have time NOW to be ready.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Galatians 4:1-7; Genesis 49:10; Ephesians 1:10


Don’t Be Cut Off

Why would anyone who walked with Jesus desire to be cut off from covenant?

Acts 1:20 – For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.


John 3:16 is an absolute truth.  Whoever “believes in, trusts in, clings to, and relies” on Jesus “shall not perish, come to destruction, or be lost, but shall have eternal, everlasting life.”  Sadly, there are some who believe, and even teach others that this wonderful gift of salvation can never be lost.  Such teaching and thought, especially as it is set forth by some who teaches that because of grace, sin doesn’t count, is not only erroneous, but carries potential eternal destruction for those who fall prey to it.  My friend, be warned.  Don’t become the victim of such teaching.

In our Text for Today, we see that Judas Iscariot, one whose name was written in heaven, lost that place of life, fell into destruction, lost his ministry, and died without hope.  Of course, Judas Iscariot was not born again.  No one could be born again until Jesus was raised from the dead.  Still, numerous are the Biblical references to one who has known the Lord, walked with Him, and even been recognized as a holy member of His kingdom, who have ultimately, or ultimately will be lost.  Please take the time to read our Manna for Today

There are also those who want to make it so easy for one who has fallen short of God’s mark to be lost, or cut off from the Lord.  This teaching, too, is erroneous.  None of us live perfect lives in our daily speech and actions.  We all fail at times.  But some would have you to believe that each time you fail, you have to be “born again” all over again.  Keep in mind that God is not imputing the sins of the sinner against them.  The only thing keeping a sinner from heaven is never having made Jesus Lord in their life.  However, when a believer sins, there are consequences.  Relationship with the Lord is NOT ended, but sin DOES interrupt FELLOWSHIP.   And there is where the real danger to a believer being cut of begins.  The Scriptures are plain.  When a believer sins, he/she MUST confess that sin to the Lord Jesus to be cleansed from that sin and restored to right fellowship with Father (read 1 John 1:9). 

I cannot tell you at what point one could be cut off from the Lord, but such IS a possibility.  The Scriptures declare and define it.  We are commanded to believe it, to proclaim it, and to live our lives in such a manner as to NOT fall into snares which would pull us away from an intimate walk with Jesus.  Keep yourself in God’s love (obeying His commandments) by building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Psalm 69:16-28; 1 Samuel 2 & 4:11; Acts 5:1-11; Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:15-16; Hebrews 6:1-6; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21


Power in Agreement

There is supernatural power in the agreement of faith.


Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.


_Jesus had made a promise.  He had told His followers that if they would tarry in Jerusalem, they would receive the promise of the Father; that being Holy Spirit that would come on the day of Pentecost.  While there were at least 500 who had seen Him alive after His resurrection, we know the number of disciples who obeyed His command to “tarry in Jerusalem” were greatly diminished by the time the day of Pentecost was fully come.  But my focus today is not the day of Pentecost, or the more than 500 who saw Jesus alive after His resurrection.  It is the power of agreement.  Let’s look more closely at this powerful principle.

The power of agreement is clearly established in the Words of Jesus.  He said that when TWO or THREE agree (make a symphony) together concerning anything THEY ASK, it SHALL BE DONE by His Father Who is in heaven.  That is a statement of absolute truth by our Lord Himself. 

  • TWO or THREE” – that establishes the minimum by which such a symphonic agreement can be made.  The power of “two” in agreement is supernaturally awesome.  And the more that are added to that agreement increases exponentially the potential reach of that agreement.
  • THEY ASK” – here is a key to that agreement.  True agreement is not achieved when ONE asks and the others add mental ascent.  A symphony is not played when one musician plays, regardless of his/her skill, and all the other musicians sit silent.  That is called a recital.  An agreement (a symphony) occurs when ALL the musicians play their respective notes on their respective instruments. 
  • SHALL BE DONE” – this is an emphatic statement of truth.  The word “SHALL” is the strongest word that can be uttered indicating definitive promise.  If God said “SHALL,” then there is nothing short of completion of what was promised that God will support.

When people stand in Biblical agreement, the power that arises is of the highest divine order.  In such agreement, nothing is impossible.  God had made a promise; Jesus had reiterated it.  Holy Ghost, the Comforter, WOULD come.  He came on Pentecost.  He has not departed.  He came to indwell ANY Christian who would ask, believe, and receive Him.  He comes to demonstrate His power, power, and plan in, on, for, and through any anointed vessel.  He came to that gathering of 120 believers who remained together in unity.  As obedient covenant people of God, they were anointed, and that is what Holy Spirit sought out on the day of Pentecost.  He has not changed.  He still seeks the anointing, in you, in me, and especially, IN US.

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Amos 3:3; Galatians 3:28


Tarrying Meetings

Not all church services are the same; not all serve the same purpose.


Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.


Could it be that today’s church as lost some of its great efficacy by being far less than specific about the purpose of its meetings?  Are we too general in how we apply our faith and purpose as it relates to what the Lord desires from us, and what we need and desire Him to do in, for, with, and through us?  For instance . . .

  • Are what we call “prayer meetings” truly “prayer meetings?” 
  • When we gather for church services, what are their purpose? 
  • Are they intended to be teaching meetings that inform and instruct the body of Christ in its proper role and function in the earth?
  • Are they times when we come together for specific needs, such as healing meetings, or deliverance meetings?
  • Are they evangelistic in purpose when we strive to reach as many unbelievers as possible with a salvation message?
  • Are they tarrying meetings in which we truly set ourselves before the Lord in unity for a specific purpose; for specific revelation of divine direction and preparation?

There was a time when this was the norm for the church.  But have we come to such a “one-size-fits-all” mind-set that we think our coming together once a week can get it all done in one or two hours?  I see far too much of the latter, and much too little of the former.  Are we coming together to exercise our faith in unity, or are we coming together out of habit holding general expectations, usually at a very low level, that God will do whatever needs to be done?  Are we living in a “que serra, serra” ministry mentality, simply holding a feeble thought pattern that whatever will be, will be?  Perhaps it is time for a wake-up call, for a change, for a re-examination of some of OUR ways.  Remember, HIS ways and OUR ways are NOT the same.  I believe it is time we became more focused, and by that, more divinely directed in our manners of doing.  His ways are higher than our ways.  Let us be lifted up in our doing, do things His way, and thereby, receive things at His level.  Let us find time for tarrying meetings as the disciples did as they awaited Pentecost.  What is it that Father desires to impart TO us, IN us, FOR us, and THROUGH us that will come in no other way than by our tarrying for them?  Tarrying in unity; in faith; in full expectance of the Word fulfilled; in a holy readiness to respond immediately to His moving.  Consider what you (individually), or we (collectively) need in our lives today, and prepare yourself to wait, abide, and tarry in His presence until you are filled with it.  THEN go forth in the power of the Spirit.

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Isaiah 55:8-11; Ezekiel 18:29; Zechariah 3:7


What a Reception!

Can you imagine the reception for Jesus when He led the captives into heaven?


Acts 1:11 – Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today.  There are certain key phrases with which I want to deal today.  The phrases are “this same Jesus,” and “come again in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven.”  There is also a phrase I wish to address along with these from Acts 1:9: ”a cloud received Him.”  And one more phrase from John 14:3 where Jesus said that He would “receive you unto Myself.”

this same Jesus” – there is no other.  There is ONLY ONE LORD, ONE KING of KINGS, ONE REDEEMER.  And that ONE is JESUS!  He is our Savior, Lord, Healer, Provider, Deliverer, and Eldest Brother.  He is the Head of the Body of Christ, the Church.

come again in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven” – How did He ascend up?  He was taken up by the Spirit of God in His glorified body to assume His new position of ministry on the right hand of Father as the Head of the Church, as King of kings and Lord of lords.  And there He will remain until His enemies are become His footstool.

a cloud received Him” – and what was that cloud?  A natural cloud we see in the skies above us is an inanimate object, and being inanimate, can receive nothing.  A true recipient must be a living being.  So, what was the living being that received our ascending Lord?  On the date of His ascension, it was the vast number of Old Testament saints who had been kept captive in Abraham’s bosom until their redeemer came to take “captivity captive.”  These were the Old Testament saints who had been seen alive in Jerusalem AFTER Jesus’ resurrection during the days before His ascension.  That was “the cloud” that received Jesus out of the sight of those who looked on from the Mount of Olives.

receive you unto Myself” – there will be a change.  When Jesus returns for His Church, it won’t be for us (as a cloud of witnesses) to receive Him, but He will be receiving us.  And in that receiving, we then being in our glorified bodies, joining the dead in Christ who have risen first, we will be received by Him.  He will receive us unto Himself, that where He is, there we may be, also, and we shall be received as a part of that great cloud of glorified saints joining our Lord in heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb.  And what a reception!

Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; John 14:3


What a Departure!

When an American President departs his office, it is quite a spectacle.  You should have seen Jesus!


Acts 1:9 – And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.


When an American President departs from his Whitehouse office for the last time, it is considered a highly news-worthy event.  All kinds of media are present for his final flight aboard Marine 1 to Airforce 1 to go to his new home.  It makes international news.  But on the day Jesus departed His earthly ministry to go to His seating on the right hand of Father, the viewers were really small in number, though He DID lead an enormous congregation with Him to His throne.  Still, though there were few to attend His leaving celebration, His departure set the stage for a coming administration such as has NEVER been viewed by a presidential change.  In fact, most people do not even remember the departure of the latest American President from his office.  Consider what I write here.

The departure of Jesus for His throne some 40 days after His crucifixion was like no other departure of a leader in history.  Following His resurrection, He had shown Himself alive and well to at least 500 eye-witnesses.  He had appeared in locked rooms, opened eyes to revelation knowledge as had never before happened, and performed miracles of supply in a second draught of fish from the sea of Galilee.  He had eaten with His disciples, been handled by them, and in the moments before His departure, given them final instructions of what to do before they entered the ministry He had established for them.  He told them to tarry in Jerusalem until they would be endued with the power of Holy Spirit. 

At that point, He entered no plane or earthly means of transportation, but was “taken up” by the power of God to the right hand of His Father.  And in that being “taken up,” a “cloud received Him out of their sight.”  My friend, a cloud as we see in the sky is an inanimate thing without life; it can receive NOTHING.  For a cloud to “receive” something, it had to be a living cloud, and a living cloud it was.  It was that “cloud of witnesses” that was comprised of the Old Testament saints He had liberated from Abraham’s bosom after His own resurrection.  They were there, just above Him, awaiting His ascension to lead them to heaven.  And lead them, He did. 

And as He told them to tarry, 120 of them did indeed tarry.  They waited to become the beginning of the church; and what a Beginning!  They waited for and received the promise of the Father; what a Promise!  They waited for the beginning of the mystery of Christ; and what a Mystery!  They waited for the power of the Spirit; and what a Power!  They had seen His departure; and what a Departure!

Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; Hebrews 12:1-3


What A Power!

There is “power;” and then there is “Power;” but ultimately “POWER!”



Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


I have the “power” (ability & authority), what the Greek calls “dunamis” or “exousia” to arise and walk across the room.  We might consider that “power” as being its lowest recognized level.  That is a humanly innate power.   I likewise have the “power” (ability & authority – “dunamis” or “exousia”) to determine who is allowed to come onto my property and operate there freely, without any cumbrance.   We could consider that “power” to be recognized at a higher level of operation.  That is a legal, or societally recognized ability and authority.   But there is a greater power that is recognized in both forms; ability and authority, that that power comes from above, from a heavenly, divine source.  That power comes from God.  Look at our Text for Today.  This is the power referenced there.  It is “dunamis,” or ability that flows from God, and it is absolutely divine. 

And WHAT A POWER IT IS!  When it was voiced by our Lord, it was voiced as a promise.  On the day of Pentecost, it became the possession of the church, already given, already a divine part of our inheritance as sons of God.  All we need to do is ask to receive it.  This power is absolutely divine, but the power referenced in our Text for Today is the second element of that power.  It is the DUNAMIS, or ABILITY of God.  When you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, becoming a CHILD of God, you received the EXOUSIA, or AUTHORITY of God to become a SON of God.  There IS a difference.  You become a CHILD of God, receiving the EXOUSIA (AUTHORITY) by grace through faith.  It has nothing to do with anything you do.  But to receive the DUNAMIS, you MUST exercise your faith in what God has said.  The ONLY person who can receive this DUNAMIS of Holy Spirit is one who knows Jehovah God as their heavenly Father.  That is settled in the Word.

But what of that DUNAMIS, the POWER?  Just what is it that makes this DUNAMIS the ultimate power in a believer?  Once again, go to our Text for Today.  When one is filled with Holy Ghost, one receives this DUNAMIS.  Along with the physical evidence of speaking in tongues as Holy Spirit gives utterance is the broader reaching evidence that one becomes a “witness unto Jesus” wherever they are.  That word, “witness,” is from the Greek word for “martyr,” and it means one who gives proving evidence; one whose life record speaks of the supernatural power of God by the working of Holy Spirit in them.  That is the POWER God has for His children.  Imagine demonstrating the almighty power of God as a living witness wherever you go.  What a power!

Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21


What A Mystery!

There is at least one thing that even Jesus does not know.



Acts 1:7 – And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.


The sayings of Jesus are far deeper, richer, and more powerful than any man has yet to discover.  So often we think that the things Jesus said were words that came only from Him, and because we make no connection with the culture the law of God had established in Israel, we miss much great significance.  One arena relates to marriage; the culture of taking a bride, just as the church is the bride of Christ.

Jesus didn’t just say, “I go now to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, you may be also.”  That same statement is what any young Jewish man would say to a young woman who had just accepted his proposal for engagement.  When Jesus said to Father, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from Me, but not My will, but Thine be done,” He was addressing the proposal cup Satan had set before Him.  In the Jewish community, the young woman, when presented with the proposal cup, made the choice on her own.  But in Jesus’ case, He yielded His choice to Father.  But Satan was so arrogant he didn’t realize that Jesus was not drinking of that cup of His own free will.  These are but two of the examples of Father demonstrating His will to us about that which is to come.

But in our Text for Today, we see something totally different.  Here Jesus said there was something concerning the church that He was keeping from the church.  Since we have the “mind of Christ,” and since whatever the Father had revealed to Jesus, He makes known to His church, if Jesus had this knowledge, He would reveal it to us.  But of the time of the coming of Jesus for His church, ONLY Father knows.  We can know the season, but of the day and hour, no one but Father knows.  The shadow of this was seen in the engagement process for marriage in the Jewish community.  If the young woman accepted the proposal, the young man would say, “I go now to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, you may be also.”  Then upon informing his father, he would begin the process of building his wedding chamber.  Should his friends see and inquire of the date of the upcoming marriage, his response to them would be, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”  You see, the Lord wants us to know that this special time is coming when He will come for His church, and that until then, He is preparing a place for us, that where He is, we may be also.  Praise the Lord!

Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:2