Dear Loved One,
Sunday, May 18 is the day we observe as Pentecost, a day of Jewish celebration that is recorded in the book of Acts as the birthday of the Church. In Jewish tradition, Pentecost took place fifty days after Passover, commemorating when the Law was given to Moses on stone tablets at Sinai. Pentecost celebrated the covenant offered by God to His people, as well as the start of the harvest season. Although Jesus did not tell His followers when He would send the Holy Spirit, He selected Pentecost—the day in which the Word was given and the harvest began.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. – Acts 2:1-4
What the Lord did in the Upper Room on that day is just as essential in the Church today. The fire of Pentecost was the ignition switch of global evangelism. Something was breaking in on humanity, occurring in people who were receiving both the Word of God and the experience intended to ignite them for the mission to which the Church was being called.
On that day, the presence of the living Jesus was confirmed in their midst. Traditions that had gone dead were brought alive in the experiences of people upon whom came tongues of fire. The power of the living Word of God was happening in people, not just on tablets of stone.
Loved ones, Jesus calls you and me to be filled with and abide in the Holy Spirit so that we may be vessels by which His life and power overflow to the world. This month, our ministry is offering an array of powerful resources, including my message, “Tongues of Fire,” to help you grow in your walk with the living God, and to support the outreach of our ministry. Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to serve you.
Let’s seek to be freshly filled each day unto His glory,