Why the Holy Spirit?
Some people ask, “Why are you so focused on the Holy Spirit?” It is the source of true Christian power. The Holy Spirit is the One whom Jesus promised to send us in order to walk as He walked and to do the things He did. Receiving the Holy Spirit is the biblically prescribed way, the ONLY way, to be “empowered”. This is how we finally gain victory over temptation and dominion over this world, and reach our full potential as sons and daughters of Heaven. The Holy Spirit is the promised “Spirit of Jesus”.
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Prayer for Pentecost
We at AIC are actively praying daily to receive the promised Pentecost outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We have made a fervent commitment to continue preparing and waiting in prayer. The time is short and the waiting will soon come to an end—where will you be?
The group prayer is currently meeting at the ministry office. If you cannot meet to pray together all of the time, at least plan to join us in prayer wherever you are! There is nothing more important for our people right now than to experience the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
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Why pray for Pentecost?
We at Abiding in Christ Ministries have committed ourselves to praying for Pentecost, because this event represents the culmination of spiritual development. A Christian is not to remain stationary after accepting Jesus; but instead is to grow in understanding and strive toward the mark Jesus places before us — “Be ye therefore perfect; just as your Father in Heaven is perfect”, Mt 5:48. As we move forward and upward in our spiritual growth, we pass certain milestones and go through certain stages of development. Pentecost is one of these major points; and so we pray for it to be fulfilled in us and for us.
1 The first stage of a Christian’s journey is hearing God calling them to repentance; and responding by accepting Jesus’ gift of forgiveness. This is “Justification“. This milestone is marked by Baptism with Water. “I baptize you with water, unto repentance …”, Mt 3:11. Although this beginning should be followed by a process that completely transforms the individual into God’s ideal for him or her; for the majority of Christians, unfortunately, this first level of spirituality is all they ever experience.
2The second stage of the journey is to receive the Holy Spirit internally; for Him to begin dwelling in our “temple”; and to guide us into the transformation process. “Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”, 1 Cr 3:16. “You don’t need anyone to teach you; His anointing teaches you all things”, 1 Jn 2:27. This is “Sanctification“. This milestone is marked by Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Although most new Christians wish to have this indwelling of the Spirit to give them the power needed to become all they wish to be; many are unable to receive Him because their spiritual leaders don’t have Him themselves, and they can’t give what they don’t have. So the new Christian is left to overcome in his or her own strength; and they quickly learn this is impossible! This is not how it should be. God desires us to have the Holy Spirit within, in order to be empowered to overcome the Enemy. But few leaders know how to find Him, or even to teach their students to look for Him. So they go through life powerless and making excuses; but all along suspecting that there should be more. Those who do seek for the Holy Spirit and receive His baptism, then see their lives changing, their prayers having power, and ever-increasing understanding coming to them; so long as the pursuit of God remains their first priority.
This stage of development takes a while; the length of time depends on how quickly you’re willing to change. Old thoughts and habits are hard to break; and we don’t make it easy for the Holy Spirit to teach us. Even so, if we are diligent, we eventually get to the point where we’re ready to take the next step.
3The third stage of the journey is to receive the full empowerment of the Holy Spirit; which is brought by Pentecost. This is also known as the “Latter Rain”, the “final outpouring of the Spirit”, and our “full adoption” as sons with all the rights and authority thereof. This is “Glorification“. This milestone is marked by Baptism with Fire. “… the One who is coming after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire”, Mt 3:11. This event is when we are reinstated to our rightful position of governing this world. At Creation, God gave to Adam rulership over this planet. “God said, … let them have dominion … over all the earth,” Ge 1:26. Because of sin, this was taken from Adam; but it was God’s declared desire that mankind should be restored to his former position. The sacrifice given by Jesus made this possible. Thus, Christians are to reach this potential and see the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation and restoration. This is accomplished through the outpouring of Pentecost and the empowering of God’s children.
Now is the time for this to happen. The signs mentioned by Jesus in Mt 24:29 began occurring in 1780; the sun was darkened and the moon turned to blood on May 19,1780; and the stars fell on Nov 13,1833. Ever since then, this world has been in “the time of the end“. So final events can occur at any moment. But our part is to pray for the fulfillment of the prophesies. We don’t know exactly when God will decide to bring this age to a close; but every day since this final period began holds the possibility of seeing the start of closing events. We are to pray for the time to be completed and the promises to come to pass.
And so we pray for Pentecost. We pray for our Father to pour out the Holy Spirit on His faithful sons and daughters, and to restore mankind to the position of authority He created us to hold, so that as fully realized human beings His children may receive Him when He comes again.