Text for Today – Galatians 3:13-14 – . . . that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
It does not have to be the season of Pentecost to talk, teach, and tread in the holy flow of Pentecost. In fact, the mere fact that you arose for the day before you should make it the season of Pentecost, seeing we are to be “instant in season out of season.” As a Spirit-filled believer, one carries the responsibility to flow in the Spirit from breath to breath in order to honor our Lord and bring glory to our Father. Being a Pentecostal believer is NOT an occasional occurrence, but a full time calling. It is a fact that Christ has redeemed us from the curse. It is true that He did so that “the blessing of Abraham” might come on us through Him. The “blessing of Abraham” is an automatic gift that became yours the moment you entered into covenant with Jesus. But there is yet an additional “promise.” That is the “promise of the Spirit.”
That promise was first manifest to the church on the day of Pentecost. On the birthday of the church, Holy Ghost was poured out upon His body, yielding to His body His power, His ability, His anointings, and His passions. He also “filled” them with the fullness of God, and they “spoke in tongues as the Spirt gave utterance.”
In our church of this hour, we seem to have forgotten too much. Mention “Pentecost” to most believers, and the common denominator in most minds is the manifestation of tongues. Make no mistake, they (tongues) are real, they are for today, and they are important. BUT, they are not ALL there is to Pentecost. The key to your house in important, but you don’t live in the key. The key to your car is important, but you don’t drive the key. Proper use of the key is required to access all it secures for you. Let us possess the deepest possible revelation of the Word: “the power of God unto salvation,” and “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Jesus has redeemed us to be Pentecostal in life and blessing, and not merely unknown utterance.
Sadly, it seems that many Spirit-filled believers are content that they can speak in tongues. Some even thinks this makes them more special to God, or better than members of the body of Christ who are not yet Spirit-filled. Such is in no way the case. Being filled with Holy Ghost, while a deeply personal and extremely powerful gift from God, is in reality, a “key” to the kingdom. This “promise of the Spirit,” or what some would call the role of Pentecost in one’s life, open so many doors to the believer. It enables a deeper walk in the Spirit, putting the believer in position to be used by Holy Ghost in the gifts of the Spirit, and enduing them with the supernatural abilities of heaven to be the most effective possible witness for Jesus.
Manna for Today – Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:18-20