Today is the feast that is known as Pentecost Sunday, celebrated 50 days after the Passover. In many congregations today, many pastors will preach on what is called ‘the baptism of the Holy Ghost.’
We all know about the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
For centuries, we have been taught that the Holy Ghost-or rather, a sign that one has it-is if they speak in tongues. This is where the phrase ‘received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in tongues’ was initiated.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus Christ promises the disciples that they shall receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon them, to become witnesses.
And we have taken that and ran with it. We have led millions of people to believe that the Holy Ghost was the manifestation that took place on the Day of Pentecost, instead of teaching people the PURPOSE OF THE HOLY GHOST.
We got caught up in the power aspect of it all, that we have negated the TRUE power of the Holy Ghost by relegating it to a mere fleshly manifestation. Or should I say manifestations.
This is how the enemy has been able to trick many into settling for the manifestations instead of holding out for the real thing…the FRUIT.
The greek word for power in Acts 1:8 is ‘dynamis,’ which means ‘moral power and excellence of soul; potential to do what is right; inherent power, strength; the ability or enabling to do what could not be done before empowerment.’
We have heard charismatics call it ‘dunamis’ power, when that is not the correct spelling-or definition-of the actual greek word used here. This was intentional-to get people focused on the signs and wonders aspect of power-the physical manifestations that tantalize and excite the flesh….and sway people away from focusing on the FRUIT.
We need to remember one thing; the enemy has always wanted POWER. And since power belongs to God, lucifer has to steal it, or fool the recipients of power out of their power. The power the enemy wants to steal from people is NOT the power to raise the dead, or heal the sick, or to do miraculous signs and wonders. He already got that. The devil can perform miracles, fake deliverances, preach, prophesy, dance, speak in tongues…he has been practicing his magical bag of tricks to fool the religious and sign seekers for generations….it started when Moses was before Pharaoh and Pharaoh had his magicians mimic every sign God wrought through the hands of Moses. The only way the enemy was exposed was when what God wrought devoured the lies and tricks of the enemy.
The way that the SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD devours the works of the enemy today is by exposing the enemy for who and what he really is.
The enemy wants YOUR power to do what is right. Every time someone who claims salvation gives in to sin, the enemy has gained ground-or stolen-a little more of the power GOD gave to you.
‘Ye shall receive power…’
Many are going to preach this today. Many are gonna get hands laid on them at altars today. Many are going to speak in tongues today. Many are going to go through fake deliverance today. A lot of dancing and shouting will go forth, and many will conclude it was all God.
And this whole fiasco that is going on today in many churches will grieve the Holy Ghost…
But watch these same people next week….and we will see if they indeed received ‘power.’
I want to share the following from my mentor, Pamela Sheppard.
Grieving the Holy Ghost
By Pam Sheppard
The Holy Ghost has been reduced to what charismatics, Pentecostals and word of faithers call “the anointing.” To most of this crowd, the Holy Ghost is “an it” that causes them to have goosebumps as they fall out slain in the spirit, speak in a language that no one can understand, and “get drunk in the spirit.” However, He is so much more than that.
- DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY GHOST!
As a Person and not “a feeling,” the Holy Ghost speaks, teaches, witnesses, guides, comforts, convicts, commands, helps, converts, imparts faith to believe, brings the fear of the Lord and imparts godly sorrow to help a sinner repent. He can be obeyed, lied to, resisted, grieved, quenched, quenched, insulted and blasphemed. The work of the Holy Spirit on earth is similar to that of the Lord’s earthly ministry. As Jesus lived to lift up and glorify the Father, the Holy Spirit’s work centers on lifting up the Son of God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Father also glorifies the Son. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of the Father. All three Persons are One. As our Teacher of spiritual truths, the Holy Spirit will enlighten your mind with insights into the mind of Christ as He unlocks the spiritual doorways to the secret things of God.
Just as the Holy Ghost drove Jesus into the wilderness to do battle with the devil, He does the same with the elect of God. The Holy Ghost not only wants you to know the godhead. He wants you to know your enemy and so He will arrange your wilderness experience, tailor-made to what you need to find out. He knows that it is crucial that you be not ignorant to demonic deception, for the demons have access to our very souls.
Therefore, it is imperative that we learn how to tell the difference between what is spiritual, what is demonic and what is soulish or carnal. The Holy Ghost is the Helper and as such, He provides us with self-knowledge as long as we don’t grieve Him. Self knowledge equips us to be able to discern thoughts and feelings that are alien to our character and personality. Demons love to snare their prey with half-truths rather than with complete lies because a half truth can set a more believable trap. You say to yourself, if this is true, then THAT must be true, and then you are trapped. This is the scheme that is the foundation of all false religions. There is at least ONE truth about God in all of them, perhaps more.
Nevertheless, 99% of truth is no truth at all. It is a lie. The Holy Ghost is 100 percent truth and there are no lies in Him. 99% of truth is a setup from the devil. Since our human struggle with the evil side of the spirit world is a daily event, and since Jesus revealed that the Holy Ghost is 100 percent truth, we need to resist grieving Him. For Jesus said that the Holy Ghost will reveal truth as to what is to come. In the times in which we live, we are helpless without the Holy Ghost.
How do we grieve the Holy Ghost? Well, when we actually believe that WE lead people to Jesus Christ, we grieve the Holy Ghost. All we do is preach and testify, as led by the Holy Ghost to do so. The Holy Ghost does the rest. He knows who will be saved from who will be damned. He is the one who dispatches angels to set up our wilderness experiences that He will use to draw us to the cross. He is the one who provides faith to believe on the Son of God and His bodily resurrection. You might call the Holy Ghost “THE MINISTER OF SALVATION.” So He is certainly grieved when we take the credit for our own salvation when we boast “I ACCEPTED Jesus.” He is more than grieved with this. He is angry. Perhaps that is why religious demons have been allowed to enter those who have said “Jesus, come into my heart.”
When He is grieved, He is also quenched. A fire is quenched when dirt is thrown on it. The organized church has thrown lots of dirt on the Holy Ghost and perhaps that is why He left Her.
- The Holy Ghost is also grieved when He is reduced to a flesh experience. He is a Spirit. We must worship God in spirit and in truth and not by a sensation on our flesh. The Holy Ghost imparts the truth by which we worship God Almighty.
- The Holy Ghost is grieved when professing Christians bypass the Son of God and seek the Father to be saved. He is quite grieved with that.
The Holy Ghost is grieved by those who do not try the spirits to see if they be of Him. He will let you be deceived until you do.
Resurrection life—the same power the Holy Ghost used to raise the Lord from the dead—will be evident when you experience revelation, power, and discernment under the guidance and instruction of the Holy Ghost. Revelation is to receive God’s own personal knowledge and wisdom about YOUR life. Power is His supernatural ability applied to YOUR human frailty. We cannot do without the resurrection life of the Holy Ghost in times like these.
So to conclude, I can safely say the the SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD is tired of people celebrating Pentecost Sunday.
How can I say that?
Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
God is no longer impressed by people who have solemn assemblies, saying they are worshipping Him, when their hearts are far from Him
Look what He says in verse 16…
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
THIS is what the POWER of the Holy Ghost is supposed to do!
Give us power to be cleansed, to put away evil, to cease to do evil.
If what you are getting at your altars is not empowering you to do this, giving you wisdom…then you have no real power at all.
So my question remains…have you REALLY received POWER?
Do you desire more accurate teaching on not just the Holy Ghost, but on other spiritual matters pertaining to the Kingdom of God?
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