The Day of Pentecost was one of the greatest moments in mankind’s history. That day, God poured out His Holy Spirit upon the human race. Pentecost began in the Upper Room with tongues of fire and a rushing, mighty wind from Heaven (Acts 2:1–4). Over time, there were many great moves of the Spirit. But eventually, they all waned.
As the 20th century began, the Spirit’s flame burst out again. Soon after, it was fanned in a little mission on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles, and Pentecostal fire started spreading around the world!
The mid-1960s witnessed a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit. People were filled with the Holy Ghost in restaurants, in elevators, in hotel lobbies—everywhere! But as we rolled into the 1990s, those Pentecostal fires once again began to wane. People tried to quiet the move of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost was relegated to a special service or a back room. But we need to stop treating Him like a guest and treat Him like a Resident! We must stop telling the Spirit of God when He can and cannot move!
When I was a boy, my dad pastored a little Pentecostal church in Farmersville, Texas. He began holding healing services every Saturday night. More people came to our church that night than to the movie theater downtown. Why? Because the Spirit of God was moving. I saw people climb through windows and crawl over the tops of pews, rushing to the altar to get saved!
More than anything else in the world today, we need a demonstration of the Spirit. If we will keep those Pentecostal flames burning, we’ll have a revival like none we’ve seen. The power of Pentecost must not take a back seat. Let’s carry the fire of God’s Spirit to a lost and dying world!
On Mother’s Day, May 14, let’s remember those who gave us birth and raised us. And on Memorial Day, May 29, let’s also remember those who gave their lives so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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