Jesus Christ is the same today as He was when He walked on earth. The Bible tells us that encouraging fact. That means through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead, and bring about all kinds of miracles and wonders. May we always remember His Spirit causes us to do what Jesus did.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Power after Pentecost
My dinner’s fullness lasts only so long. It’s a never-ending cycle. The same applies to my spiritual life. When I became a follower of Jesus, God filled me with His Spirit. I found, however, that I needed His refueling again and again, like an engine that requires regular fuel in order to fire.
Jesus’ disciples needed more fire power, also. Commanded to go and make more disciples, they first had to wait for God’s Spirit to fill them. When that happened during Pentecost, it changed the world. The Christian Church took root that day, and despite many attempts over the centuries to smother it, it has not died. In fact, Pentecostal denominations today account for about 300 million Christians worldwide, according to several reliable sources. It is found to be the single largest grouping within Protestant Christianity.
The amazing events that happened on the day of Pentecost did not stop during the days of the early Church, as so many believe. The Holy Spirit continues to fill people with His power when they ask. Perhaps images of fire aren’t evident as they were on that great day, but many people attest to feeling the Spirit’s power as fire in their bones when He fills them. Fire, commonly associated with the Holy Spirit, suggests the action of cleansing of sin and it continues the spiritual growth within, which began at the moment of salvation.
The infilling (called baptism) of the Holy Spirit was a normal experience for all believers in the early Church. With the experience came healings, miracles, signs and wonders—the same kind Jesus performed on earth. “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do …” (John 14:12)
With the experience today comes the provision of power needed for Christians to live victoriously and serve God productively. It often results in a deeper reverence for God, intense commitment to Him and His work, and a more active love for Christ, His Word, and people who do not know Him. And it provides them with special spiritual gifts for more effective ministry.
Contrary to what some believe, Pentecostal Christians don’t usually roll on the floor, foam at the mouth, or exhibit extreme behavior. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) A sound mind is not one of craziness and insanity.
We Pentecostals who take our Holy Spirit baptism seriously are, however, exuberant in our joy and love for Christ, and at peace within and without. Yet like anyone else, we sin. We pick up bad habits, get angry or impatient, act selfishly or prideful. The difference is that each time we repent and ask the Holy Spirit to refill us, we grow stronger in our walk with Christ.
Lord, thank You for Your Spirit who fills us with the same power Jesus used. Cause us to seek You daily for a new Pentecost experience. In Jesus’ name, amen.