When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
- Acts 2:1-4
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the LORD has said,
among the survivors
whom the LORD calls.
- Joel 2:28-32
Today is Pentacostal Sunday and as I'm typing this post, thousands of Christians are gathering at National Stadium in preparation for the Global Prayer Day, to pray for all the nations and revival of the lands. Today, also marked the the century anniversary of the second Pentacost at Azusa Street in 1906, where God brought forth a revival and where there was a generous outpouring of the Holy Spirit all around the world. This marked a renewal of the faith in Christians all over the world (note that I'm not saying that they had no faith before this). To experience the one-time experience of the outpouring and overflowing of the Holy Spirit is a promise of God since the Old Testament days, as seen in the book of Joel, and this promise was fulfilled after Jesus Christ ascended back to heaven, as recorded by Luke in Acts. It can be quite an exciting thing to experience this outpouring, the gift of God to all His children. And as a result of this outpouring in 1906, it resulted in 500-600 million Pentacostal Christians all over the world today...
And yeah, that includes me, and....
may include you too...
maybe in times to come...
if you only take the step of faith...
Good gifts are hard to reject...