14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even on My menservants and maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show wonders in heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and glorious day of the Lord comes. 21 And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’[a]
Last Sunday Manny Gounder, who is a senior at Northwest University, told me that at a recent chapel service at Northwest University a professor preached on the Holy Spirit. At the end of his sermon he invited those who desired to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to come to the front. A young woman ran to the front and when the professor laid hands on her head she immediately began to speak in tongues. Dozens of students rushed to the altar and 12 students were baptized in the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues. The anointing was so heavy that when the next chapel was starting there were still people up front praying.
I heard yesterday that the University is reporting 40 students were baptized in the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues last week during chapel services.
My friends the only hope for the church in this postmodern age is an outpouring of God’s Spirit upon His people. Please pray for continued Holy Ghost revival on all our schools and churches.
On the day of Pentecost, when the people in the upper room where baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, the people thought they were drunk. Peter stood that day and preach perhaps the greatest sermon that has ever been preached. I find it interesting that just few days before this Peter and the rest of the disciples were in hiding, now Peter is standing and addressing this crowd. From this sermon we find the pattern for the proclamation of the gospel.
Savior and Lord!
It is so very important that we understand there are really just two choices when it comes to our eternal souls; we can either accept Jesus as our Savior or we can reject Him.
No matter what anyone may say let me be as clear as I can, Jesus Christ was crucified for each and every one of us, He was resurrected by the power of God for our victory over sin and that He has been exalted as Lord over us and has dominion over the forces of this world.
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, He desires to know you. He is calling you this morning, knocking at your heart’s door asking to come into your life. You are a sinner and without Him you are undone and without reason.
1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the age of this world and according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among them we all also once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and we were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and He raised us up and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Praise God He is rich in mercy. Although I was undone and morally bankrupt, He saved me and He can do the same for you this morning.
We all need a Savior and Redeemer who can take away the sin that has ruined our lives and give us the hope we need! Someone give praise to their Savior and King!
But not only Savior, Jesus must be the Lord of our lives. I believe there are those who have called on the name of Jesus as Savior, but have not yet allowed Him to be Lord. To allow Jesus Lordship, we must surrender completely to Him. You see my friends, if we still reserve the right to have our own way, then Jesus is not Lord.
9 Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but so much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the One working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure.
It is not about my purpose nor my plans, but about God’s purpose and plans for my life. If I can bow on my knees and cry out with my tongue that Jesus is Lord for God’s glory, then I can know that God can work out His plan and purpose for my life.
Are you willing to bow this morning and give your all to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?
Repent and be Baptized
Once we have received Jesus as Lord and Savior we must tell the world that we are now His children. We do that by repenting and then showing the world by being baptized in water.
One might ask, why is repentance so important to our walk with Jesus?
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may increase? 2 God forbid! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Do you not know that we who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, so shall we also be united with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him, so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we should no longer be slaves to sin. 7 For the one who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no further dominion over Him. 10 For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness.
When we are baptized in water we show the world that we have been buried with Jesus and that just as He was raised from the dead, we too are raised from our old life to a new life in Him.
Right Hand of the Father
Once we have received Jesus as our Savior and have surrendered to Him and called Him Lord over all. We can gain a picture of Him currently at the right hand of God and that He has been given authority to pour forth the Holy Spirit upon all believers.
My friends, we need the Holy Spirit in our lives to be able to accomplish all that God has planned for our lives. The Prophet Joel talked about how the Spirit of God would be poured out on all flesh and our sons and daughters would prophesy and the young men would see visions and the old men would have dreams. There would be wonders in the heaven and on earth. And whatsoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.
We must have the Holy Spirit working in and through us to see the world changed!
This promise is to those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and call Him Lord.
I have met several minister from other denominations who have said to me, “John I desire all that God has for me.” Their interest? The Baptism in the Holy Spirit with speaking in other tongues.
Let me read to you this article dated May 15, 2015;
After decade-long resistance, the Southern Baptist Convention will admit missionary candidates who speak in tongues, a practice associated with Pentecostal and charismatic churches.
Why you might ask?
“In so many parts of the world, these charismatic experiences are normative,” said Bill Leonard, professor of church history at Wake Forest Divinity School. “Religious groups that oppose them get left behind evangelistically.”
I encourage everyone this morning to seek all that God would have for you. If we believe the Bible and believe that Jesus is the Christ, then we must believe all authority has been given to Him to pour out the Holy Spirit upon all believers, why not believe?
Separate from the World
It is this power we find the ability to separate ourselves from the world. Although we must live in the world and interact with the world, we do not have to immerse ourselves in the wicked and perversion that makes up the world.
1 John 2:15-18
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 The world and its desires are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 18 Little children, it is the last hour. As you have heard that the antichrist will come, even now there are many antichrists. By this we know that it is the last hour.
The Blessed Hope
We are living in the last days. I believe that soon and very soon we are going to see the King. I believe that any day now the Eastern sky will open up and we will hear a shout and a trumpet will sound and the church will be taken away.
1 Thessalonians 4
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall be forever with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Do you know Jesus Today? Have you made Him Lord and Savior over your lives?
You must repent from your wicked ways and be baptized.
Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? It is our promise.
We must be separated from this sinful world.
We must be watching and waiting for the return of Jesus. The Blessed Hope