Have you ever been to a relatives house for a holiday dinner or a family get together? Usually these are times of celebration, comfort, good food, and fond memories. Unfortunately everyday life is not always this sweet. The news that a love one has been diagnosed with cancer, or a drive-by shooting which has claimed the life of a niece or nephew, even a son or daughter who has become addicted to crack cocaine are bitter realities faced by many people in the times we are living in. Tragic situations such as these could distress/depress the strongest person. Psalms 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." In times of despair and turmoil, God is challenging us to trust in him. When we put our trust in the Lord, we are made partakers of every good thing that makes up the character of God. God is love, peace, comfort, joy, and just plain Good! So whenever you encounter any disturbing news, remember to let the goodness of our God give you peace in the midst of your storm.
There are many questions concerning the Pentecostal Movement. Some people seem to think that the basis of pentecostalism is tounge speaking, but this is far from the truth. While speaking in tounges is an important aspect of our heritage, it is not the primary focus of our teaching. The first thing we must look at is the purpose for speaking in tounges. Speaking in tounges is the initial evidence that a believer has been baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). Tounges are also useful for prayer, personal edification, bringing prophetic revelation to the congergation, and building the believer's faith (I Cor.14, Jude 20). Since speaking in tounges is the initial of the baptism in the Holy Ghost, it is one of the principle doctrines of Christ (Heb. 6:2 - Doctrine of Baptisms). As you can see, speaking in tounges is not just some new phenomenon developed in the early 1900's, it can be traced back to the book of Acts. As important as tounges are to the body of Christ, they are only a small part of what true pentecostal power is all about. The foundation of the pentecostal movement is the Anointing of the Spirit of God. What is the Anointing??? It is not just an emotional fit, chill bumps or goose pimples (or if you prefer "goose bumples"), or some sort of soulish pleasure. The Anointing comes to bring deliverance from the yokes of the enemy (Isaiah 10:29). Jesus Christ is the very Anointed One of God. When He came into the world, He did not come to be the life of the party or to make a way for us to have a good time. He came to manifest the power spoken of in Isaiah 61 and to be the true Hope of Glory. God doesn't anoint us with his Spirit just so that we can sing good or preach good; the Anointing doesn't come to make you a superstar christian. His purpose for anointing us is so that we no longer have to be tied up/tangled up with sin and bondage. Yes, the Anointing will cause the songs we sing and the messages we preach to be better, but we need to first allow the anointing to set us free. Upon receiving the promise of deliverance, we can flow in the supernatural power of the Holy Anointing of God. So in conclusion, the focal point of being Pentecostal is to be free and to stay free (Galatians 5:1). God desires for us to be partakers of the liberty that He has provided through the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We don't have to allow the devil to have dominion in our lives, we can be totally free through the Anointing of the Spirit of God by the Blood of Jesus Christ. This my friend is what Pentecostal Power is all about.
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