Pentecost Sunday should be happening every Sunday.....or something is wrong.
One spiritual truth which separates the contenders from the pretenders is the full acceptance of the word of God on all matters. There are numerous claims about full gospel ministry by churches and the freedom to operate in the Spirit, but Pentecost is the defining issue which separates truth of God and the lies of Satan.
Intellectualism has infiltrated the church as wolves in sheep’s clothing to inject reasons that the Holy Spirit and the word of God has changed. Beware of teachings that preface “God does not do that anymore”.
Pentecost has become a casualty for free expression as believers convince themselves that “we are too sophisticated for that”, “we don’t need that gift operating”, or the favored “that ceased when the last apostle died”. Many Christian denominations have swept the gifts of the Spirit off to the side because “it causes too much of an uproar”.
Then people are puzzled why there are no miracles, signs, or wonders being performed. Works of salvation become extremely rare if at all. You don’t want people feeling bad about themselves when they come to church or feel uncomfortable, especially new people. They won’t come back.
An entire generation(s) are so starved for the works of the supernatural that they are flocking to the movies to satisfy their cravings and curiosity. The Twilight, Harry Potter, vampire, occult, and werewolf flicks are doing quite nicely as a result. The Bible warns of the high interest to “the craft” in the closing days.
As with food, there are healthy and detrimental displays of the supernatural. We have had plenty of the unhealthy thanks to Hollywood and the media, however the church still believing and operating in the Holy Spirit holds the answer for the signs and wonders that are suppose to inform, inspire, and validate that God is in business.
You have to use a big pair of scissors to cut out of the references towards the supernatural displays that take place from the nine gifts being in operation from 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11. There should be no argument that the gifts are wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+12&version=NIRV
Without the gifts, then Galatians 5: 22-23 which shows the fruits from the gifts operating will be difficult to bear which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Without the gifts which are the seeds, it is highly unlikely the fruits can be grown from the result of the gifts of the Sprit not operating. Without the power of the Spirit, you have an anemic church.
Let’s take a quick look at the nine gifts:
Wisdom: This gift given by God keeps the flock from doing something stupid, that is if they listen to the right person having the gift.
Knowledge: God says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Obviously God expects His people to use their brains and have supernatural displays of knowing the truth by the illumination from the Spirit
Faith: Supernatural faith is quite different from the measure of faith God has already given. Miracles, signs, and wonders can be unlocked by those having this precious gift.
Healing: Modern medicine is nice, but even the doctors acknowledge there is a power to healing they don’t comprehend. Allowing the elders of the church to anoint one with oil and having prayer warriors with the healing gift petition God is an AWESOME display.
Miracles: Signs and wonders will follow those that believe, however Jesus warns that a perverse and adulterous people seeks after a sign. Don’t seek the gift, but seek the Gifter. Those with Faith unlock the supernatural.
Prophecy: Declaring the word of truth makes one prophet, however the special gift of declaring a blessing and having it manifest separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.
Discerning of spirits: Contrary to common belief there are evil forces and these demons never acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh according to the Bible standard of flushing out unclean spirits. This gift is critical in spiritual warfare.
Diverse types of tongues: Debate still rages concerning this unique gift, however it appears that somebody speaking in a special tongue can be heard in different languages by one or more people with different dialects. An example is a tongue being verbalized in one language is clearly understood by someone understanding another language.
Interpretation of tongues: This gift is not for believers, but for the benefit of unbelievers. Interpreting a tongue being vocalized in the church benefits nobody if it cannot be interpreted. The convincing takes place in believers and non-believers by the illumination of hidden truth or a sign of encouragement.
If one does not believe in tongues, then the stipulation from the Bible declares the demonstration of tongues in the church is sign for you to convince you otherwise.
The Holy Spirit is like a super charger to works, prayer, and the truth. Without the Spirit you just cannot effectively do the job God has called you to do. The equipping for the task comes through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
God's word is direct and simple, it is the human equation that makes it difficult.