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The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

7. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever -John 14:16

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Celebrating the Savior during Holy Week

resurrection2Holy Week culminates in Resurrection Day, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after His crucifixion. It begins with Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday
Palm (or Passion) Sunday commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion, where palm leaves and clothing were laid in his path.

Maundy (or Holy) Thursday
This day commemorates the Last Supper, before Jesus’ crucifixion.

Good Friday
For Christians, it is a day of mourning and penance. Good Friday marks the day Jesus died on the cross. Good Friday is celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many observe the day by fasting and attending church services. Celebrated since 100 AD as a day of fasting, Good Friday acquired significance as a Christian holy day in the late fourth century.

Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
This holy day is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring.

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Submit to God

James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5-9
There are so many things God can do for and with us if we humble ourselves. Humility causes us to deny ourselves. God gives grace to the humble but He resists the proud (see James 4:6).
Sometimes we are our own biggest hinderances to allowing God to use and bless us because we don’t want to give over our will and control to God.
Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. Don’t let pride keep you from obeying the Word of God. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Don’t allow pride to stop you from coming to God or from confessing and forsaking your sins.
We should be subject one to another and willing to work together in this world. However, we all must ultimately be submissive to the will and Word of God. God is trying to set us up so He can use us the way He wants to use us.
If we become more occupied with the cares of this world than with God, we become frustrated. We have to look at ourselves and know that we are nothing without God and cannot handle any situation without Him. Even when we are successful and accomplish things, we have to remember that God gave us the ability and opportunity to accomplish those things.
When we face difficulties, we have to learn to give them to God. The flesh does not want to suffer. But we have to be clothed in humility and yield to the power of God. He has all power and authority and there is nothing He cannot do. He knows what He is doing.
Don’t give into frustration. Frustration will make you lose control of yourself. Stay in control and cast ALL of your cares on The Lord. After you’ve given your problems over to God, examine yourself and make sure you’re in line with His word.
If you have truly humbled yourself, you will turn your problems over to God. Trust God!

Guard Your Gift

Focus Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
We have to guard the gift that God has given us. Someone who guards has to be on alert and on watch. We have to be on watch for the enemy who seeks to destroy the people of God. We must be sober and watchful. Beware of the tricks of the devil. (see I Peter 5:8) Many times, the enemy wants to discourage you, talk to your mind and lead you away from God. When you become discouraged and distracted, start thinking about where God brought you from evaluate what God saved you from. Anything could have happened to you, but God! Because of God’s goodness, the enemy couldn’t destroy you.
Paul knew the enemy was trying to turn the people at Ephesus, so he reminded them where God brought them from and how God had mercy on them. When we look back on where God brought us from, we will develop a greater appreciation for Him. It was of the Lord’s mercy that we were not consumed. Great is His faithfulness! (see Lamentations 3:23)
You don’t want to lose what God has done for you. The enemy will do everything to keep you from walking with God, but hold on to what God gave you! Don’t just go through the motions; develop an authentic relationship with God. Guard your gift of salvation. Don’t move off of your post and stand.
While you are on guard for your own soul, don’t forget to watch for others too. Continue in the faith and and stay rooted and grounded. (see Ephesian 3:17) Don’t let the enemy cause you to lose your place in The Lord. Thank God that, against all odds, He came into your situation, saved you, took your broken pieces and made you whole! (see Colossians 2:13) It is your responsibility to protect your walk with God and to protect your soul! Don’t be moved from the hope of the Gospel. Save yourself. Make up your mind to stay with God! (See Psalms 1:3)

God Will Take Care of You!

Focus Text: Psalms 105:12-15
It is good to know that, whether we feel it all of the time or not, that God is with us, is concerned about us, and will take care of us. Therefore, we should put all of our cares in His hands. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we are able to ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20) If we need a door opened, He can open it; if we need a door closed, He can close it. There is nothing too hard for God. (Jeremiah 32:27)
Only God can keep us, which is why we owe Him the glory. We must seek the strength of The Lord and seek His face. We must never forget all that God has done for us. There is no situation that God can deliver us from. We must trust that He can bring us through. (see Psalms 46:1) Sometimes we are in situations that we did not cause, but nevertheless, we must deal with them. Even then, God is still on our side and will come to our rescue. Even Joseph was sold into slavery against his will, but God had a purpose and a plan for him. There is a purpose for your suffering, which is why we must endure the trials we face. We have to keep our mind and focus on The Lord. We may not know why we face some situations, but God does. So, we must trust in Him.
God has a plan for our lives and will take care of us. Just as Joseph faced trouble that he didn’t cause and endured it to get to the place God had for him, we must also hold on to God until He brings us into our blessing. Just put your hand in His hand and hold on. God had put us in strategic places to accomplish His purpose for our lives. God put Joseph in a place where he could deliver and bless his family when famine came. Joseph could have been angry and refused to help his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, but he did what God wanted him to do. He knew the wrong his brother’s did was God’s will even though it was painful to endure. He sent Joseph before his family to preserve their lives. He came out knowing that God delivered them. Joseph had a reason to complain but he didn’t. Joseph could have let his brothers blame themselves, but he did not. Whatever it is that is in your life that is wearing you down, hang on, stand still, and give God through the glory through it all! He will bring you out!
To survive, fear not, for you are in the place of God. (see Genesis 50:19) Stop complaining. Stop running. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Turn your complaints into praise and let God turn the bad into good!
Don’t put time frames on God. Humble yourself under His hand and He will exalt you in due time. How long is “due time?” However long God says, whether today, next week, next year, or longer. Remain humble and wait on Him. When you are under His hand, He has total control and can work in your situation. (See I Peter 5:10) (see Psalms 37:7)
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Focus Text: Psalms 105:12-15
It is good to know that, whether we feel it all of the time or not, that God is with us, is concerned about us, and will take care of us. Therefore, we should put all of our cares in His hands. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we are able to ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20) If we need a door opened, He can open it; if we need a door closed, He can close it. There is nothing too hard for God. (Jeremiah 32:27)
Only God can keep us, which is why we owe Him the glory. We must seek the strength of The Lord and seek His face. We must never forget all that God has done for us. There is no situation that God can deliver us from. We must trust that He can bring us through. (see Psalms 46:1) Sometimes we are in situations that we did not cause, but nevertheless, we must deal with them. Even then, God is still on our side and will come to our rescue. Even Joseph was sold into slavery against his will, but God had a purpose and a plan for him. There is a purpose for your suffering, which is why we must endure the trials we face. We have to keep our mind and focus on The Lord. We may not know why we face some situations, but God does. So, we must trust in Him.
God has a plan for our lives and will take care of us. Just as Joseph faced trouble that he didn’t cause and endured it to get to the place God had for him, we must also hold on to God until He brings us into our blessing. Just put your hand in His hand and hold on. God had put us in strategic places to accomplish His purpose for our lives. God put Joseph in a place where he could deliver and bless his family when famine came. Joseph could have been angry and refused to help his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, but he did what God wanted him to do. He knew the wrong his brother’s did was God’s will even though it was painful to endure. He sent Joseph before his family to preserve their lives. He came out knowing that God delivered them. Joseph had a reason to complain but he didn’t. Joseph could have let his brothers blame themselves, but he did not. Whatever it is that is in your life that is wearing you down, hang on, stand still, and give God through the glory through it all! He will bring you out!
To survive, fear not, for you are in the place of God. (see Genesis 50:19) Stop complaining. Stop running. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Turn your complaints into praise and let God turn the bad into good!
Don’t put time frames on God. Humble yourself under His hand and He will exalt you in due time. How long is “due time?” However long God says, whether today, next week, next year, or longer. Remain humble and wait on Him. When you are under His hand, He has total control and can work in your situation. (See Psalms 37:7; Luke 21:9; 1 Peter 5:10)
Humble yourself and seek the will of God for your life today!

The Joy of The Lord

John 15:1-11
Joy is an emotion evoked by well being, success or by having one’s desires. Knowing what God has done for you brings appreciation and joy. It should give you joy just to know you are attached to God.
Anytime you enjoy one’s company, you don’t want to see him or her go. When Jesus told His disciples that He was nearing departure from this earth, they became sorrowful. Jesus comforted them and let them know that their sorrow would turn into joy when He would send the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, back to them. When you know who Jesus is and have a relationship with Him, you will have His joy.
There is a change from walking in pain and sorrow daily, to the moment when the Holy Spirit inhabits you and gives you joy. The joy that God gives is everlasting. It will take you through trials and tribulation. The joy of The Lord is your strength. God wants us to have full joy. (I Peter 1:8)
The Holy Ghost comes with joy and an inner peace. (Philippians 4:7) (Romans 15:13)
Joy doesn’t always express itself in an outward burst. This is why we can’t judge the outward expression of man. The joy of The Lord will keep you. Experience the inner joy that flows from your relationship with God.
Joy is associated with the salvation found in Christ. There is joy wrapped up in the word of God, which is why we must read it continuously.
Sometimes, it is a struggle to read the word of God. But we must press though our bodily feelings to the place where God can illuminate our understanding in the word. We must also get to a place where our joy is not based on the music we listen to or on the praise of others, but on the meditation of the word of God.
(I Peter 1:4) We should get excited about our inheritance that God has reserved for you. We should be glad that God has and is protecting our inheritance for us. No one can touch it because Jesus is in charge of it. Even in trials, what you’re going through is not equal to where you will be. (I Peter 1:7) Even though you have yet to see your inheritance, you can rejoice in knowing and trusting that God will give it to you. When you are going through your trials, just start seeking the face of God. When you read the word, you can see the face of God. Put your trust in God and you can rejoice. God will come to your rescue; He is a deliverer.
Having a relationship with God will keep you even when your hurting. His joy is always present when you have Him in you. Relationship with God brings joy.

Beware of the Adversary

Ezra 1:1-3
Do you know who your real adversary is? Sometimes we look at each other, thinking our adversary is standing in front of us. But people are not the adversaries. The adversary is the devil, who walks around seeking whom he may devour.
We must even be careful of the devil’s attempts to deceive us. He may appear to be your “friend” but he is not. He wants only to destroy you.
God, however is for you and wants to dwell in you. We are His temples. And we must be careful of how we build upon the foundation, which is Jesus Christ. Don’t let the devil derail you from your desire to work and to live for God.
(see Matthew 24:24)
Everyone that smiles in your face is not on your side. Remember God is with you and for you.
We also must remember that we are not our own. Jesus purchased us with a price. When we clean up our lives, God can dwell in us and can show His glory through us.
We must stay focused on God, otherwise the enemy will come in unaware. We must guard our temples, for they are meant for God’s glory. Especially in relationships, love is something that must be shown, not merely spoken. Women, don’t take a mere promise for love. Don’t let anyone make you destroy your temple. Love protects and shields you, it won’t cause you to defile your temple. (see I Corinthians 6: 15-20) Don’t get infatuation and lust mixed up with love. (see I Corinthians 7:1) Love will cause someone to respect you and to do nothing to hinder your walk with God. Instead, they will walk in God with you. Love God enough to make sure you see Him. It is time for thee church of God to stand up and build the temple of God the way He said to build it. Have strength enough to say NO to the devil and to go with God.
Even with ministers and pastor, make sure what they say lines up with the word of God. Allow the word of God dwell in you richly.
Don’t let anything the devil throws at you hinder your walk with God! (see Jude 1:24)