HOW TO HAVE A PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL
Acts 2:1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (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. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
What is a true "Pentecostal" revival?
The picture of Acts is often a far cry from what we see in many Pentecostal churches.
FIRST LET'S LOOK AT WHAT IT IS NOT.
A PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL IS NOT:
I. IT IS A REVIVAL OF....PASSION –
- A revival of Programs
- A revival of human personalities
- A revival of pomp and circumstance
- About personalities
- About showmanship
II. IT IS A REVIVAL OF....POWER –
- When they came down out of the upper room they didn't come down whispering, they didn't hide in the shadows, they came down with a revived passion.
- True passion always comes out in the speech and actions of the passionate.
- If people do not see and hear Jesus in us, then our passion is lacking.
- On the day of Pentecost, the passion would not be contained or concealed in an upper room; it had to make its way, like a river, into the city, and eventually, all the world.
- A few years ago, when Latin America was experiencing phenomenal growth in the Pentecostal churches, Roland Vaughn said the reason was not because of education, or facilities, or finances, or programs; "The reason they are growing," he said, "is because the people have a passion for God."
- James, in his Epistle, said true religion and undefiled is to minister to the needs of widows and orphans.
- True religion has enough compassion to do something about the plight of the outcast of society.
- True religion has enough passion to care and to create ministries, which will make a change in people's lives.
- There is no Christianity without compassion, and there is no "com-passion" without "passion."
- Christ was often moved with compassion to minister to the masses.
- Compassion moves us; it motivates and compels us to do something.
- Far from the placid figure portrayed in modern media, Jesus was a passionate man.
- He was also moved with passion to rebuke the religionists, and to clear the temple of moneychangers.
- O for a passionate passion for souls,
- O for a pity that yearns!
- O for the love that loves unto death,
- O for a fire that burns!
- O for the pure prayer power that prevails,
- That pours itself out for the lost!
- Victorious prayer in the Conqueror's Name,
- O for a PENTECOST–Amy Wilson Carmichael
- Paul told Timothy, "Stir up the gift of God, which is in thee..." (2Tim. 1:6)
- A passionless church is a church, which has left its first love, it is a church which is neither flowing with cool refreshing streams, nor the hot therapeutic springs, but is lukewarm, half-hearted, empty, apathetic and complacent. Going to church is something to do when we don’t have anything else to do. God help us!!
- Don't let the passion die, don't lose your first love fire!
- Oh that the Spirit would blow across the glowing embers of the Pentecostal movement again and revive within us a passion for the lost, a passion for prayer, a passion to praise, a passion for God in all of His splendor!
III. IT IS A REVIVAL OF...PRESENCE
- They went out in power and turned the world right side up.
- Jesus said, "But ye shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses into me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
- I thank God we serve a God of POWER.
- Not like gods of wood and stone, which have hands but cannot save, ears but cannot hear, eyes but cannot see.
- Not like the gods of secular humanism, which have no power to transform a man, or lift him out of his sins.
- But our God is an awesome God. "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God" (Psa. 62:11).
- But not only does God have power He wants that Power to work through us. "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly according to the power that worketh in us," (Eph. 3:20)
- Power for what? Power to shout? "Shouting is not a sign of power, shouting is a sign of joy!"
- We have been given power to witness and to walk the walk.
- It grieves the Holy Spirit to hear people talking about having the Power of the Holy Spirit, but —
- Can't get delivered from worldly habits,
- Can't quit talking about their neighbors,
- Can't quit sinning and
- Won't witness for Jesus.
- If they've got power, then there will be enough power to witness and to live right!
- The early believers lived in His presence, they walked in the Spirit.
- In John 14 Jesus said, "I will not leave you Comfortless,"
- He said, "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth."
- The Holy Spirit doesn't want to visit us on Sundays, or when we have a revival, the Holy Spirit was sent to "abide" in us.
- He wants to take up residence within our heart and soul continually bearing witness with our spirit that we are the Children of God.
- We cannot be satisfied with going through the motion, we must long for the presence of the Lord, He is the source of revival.
- The Psalmist said, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple" (Psa 27:4).
- Do these attributes of a Pentecostal revival grace your life?
- If not, then you need revival.
Come and experience the Passion, the Power and the Presence of Pentecostal Revival in your life.
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