2019 – SUNDAY 09 JUNE
THE COST OF PENTECOST
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.
It seems to me that there is a form of Pentecost in the church today – that lacks the cost of being Pentecostal.
THE COST OF PENTECOST
A HEAVENLY UNITY
They were all together in one place in one accord. That in itself is a great miracle. The cost of Pentecost – is unity at any cost.
God’s Spirit will never fall on a divided people. The upper room went from 500 down to 120 before unity was found. Sometimes you must tarry until….
A HEAVENLY POWER
A mighty rushing wind filled the house and filled the people.
Power came down – to raise people up. The cost of having power in our gatherings means leaving behind our well rehearsed programs and pressing in to find God’s presence.
A HEAVENLY LANGUAGE
They all spoke with heavenly tongues as the Spirit filled them.
These signs are for believers to be edified – and unbelievers to be amazed and attracted to the supernatural realm of God.
The cost of speaking in other tongues is that it is offensive to the natural mind (wisdom) and to the flesh. (strength)
A HEAVENLY HARVEST
People heard the sounds and gathered to become the first great harvest for the early church.
Pentecost is always seen by souls being saved.
The true cost of Pentecost is that it demands you be a witness to the power of God in Jesus Christ.
They spoke the word with boldness.
Pentecost turns a belief into a behaviour.
A faith without a demonstration is religion.
A HEAVENLY BOLDNESS
The boldness of Pentecostals always brings opposition and persecution.
Their prayer meetings were for boldness to continue believing for the supernatural to confirm the word with signs following.
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness……