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Get Your Buckets Ready Because the Rain is Coming!

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Sermon shared by James May

October 2003
Summary: God is pouring out the Holy Ghost upon those whose "buckets" are ready to receive him. Is your bucket ready?
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
GET YOUR BUCKETS READY BECAUSE THE RAIN IS COMING!

Joel 2:23-32, "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."

I once attended a number of motivational business seminars. I can’t remember the number of times when I heard this statement. One of our primary objectives in building a profitable business was the continual establishment of independent business owners who would not just be associates, but, through the process of profit sharing, would also become sources of income for those who established them.

It was always taught that there will come a time when the volume of product would flow greatly and that there would be vast amounts of profits made and that these would be shared. Each one of those franchised businesses would become like a bucket into which the profits would flow to be re-distributed according to our set formula.

Time and again we were asked, “How many buckets do you want?” The implication was that the more “buckets” you had established the higher your profits would be and the greater the income of each business owner.

It was always my goal to establish buckets everywhere in preparation for the outpouring of the money. I personally helped to plant as many buckets in as many places as possible in case the outpouring should happen in one place and not in another. Over a period of about 10 years I planted and established somewhere between 1300 and 1500 “buckets” and I was ready for the downpour of profits.

But the profits never came the way they were touted to come. Sure there were trickles here and there. Maybe a good shower in another place or a steady downpour in another. But there was never a “financial gully-washer” like we all hoped would come. It was just never to be.

Man’s promises of wealth and prosperity can’t be trusted. He has no power to make your dreams come true or to fulfill the promises made. Time, money, circumstances and economic conditions play
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