Greetings and BLESSINGS,
This is the day the Lord has made and I am determined to bless HIS HOLY NAME! God has been good to me. He has opened doors for me, HE has healed me and I am determined more today than yesterday to give HIM praise.
This is Pentecost
he day we celebrate the coming of the HOLY SPIRIT, the day we celebrate the birth of the church.
Many years ago Jesus gave his followers challenging tasks. He told them to love one another as he loved them -- this is the great command. Jesus also told his followers to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." This is the great commission. All of this is not new to us because our mission statement and vision statements use these scriptures as our foundation.
The question before us is how we can accomplish these goals???
By the cross of Jesus Christ we receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and a restored relationship with God. We need more than that in order to fulfill the Lord's commands. God sends his Holy Spirit to enable us to allow God's love to flow through us and to share what God has done with those around us.
I want us to focus on the lesson of Luke's account of what happened on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit descended on the disciples and the church was born. It demonstrates to us what Christians receive with the gift of the Spirit and what we are to do with that gift.
Timothy, just look around, People of God just look around and you must agree with me we need a fresh wind. A MIGHTY WIND.
Luke writes that while the disciples were all gathered together in one place the Holy Spirit descended upon them like the rush of a mighty wind. The Spirit gives us life. In Genesis God blew into the nostrils of Adam and gave him life. The Spirit blows into our lives and enables us to realize and respond to God's love and grace. The new, eternal life that we have is a gift of the Spirit.
The Spirit blows into our lives and we are empowered to witness and to live victorious lives. Paul tells us that it is through the SPIRIT that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. He also writes that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. This too is because of the movement of the Spirit in our lives and in our world.
I beseech you by the mercy of God to allow the power of the Holy Ghost to fill your lives. When the Holy Ghost comes HE will lead us into all truth. He will change the disagreeable into the agreeable. He will heal the diseased heart, mind, spirit and soul. He will make you love those who do not love you.
Today I want to challenge you as Jesus did so many years ago: "to love one another as he loved them" -- "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."