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The Latter Rain

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Sermon shared by Robert Cox

January 2007
Summary: We need the rain, Lord!
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
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JOEL 2:28 "And afterward, 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. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 32 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.
Donít you get tired of dead sermons, preached by dead preachers, in dead churches, in a dead community in a dying world? It is frustrating that us Christians have become so dead! Just occupying a pew......We need some new life poured into us. WE need a fresh anointing? We need those showers of blessings. We need a revival of Holy Ghost anointed sermons, preached under the power of the anointing of the Holy Ghost on the preacher, who stands behind the pulpit of a Holy Ghost powered church that can make a difference in a dying world!
Look up there in vs 23Be 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. We need the rain, both the former rain and the latter rain together, in this dry and thirsty land.
So why does the Bible use the term "former and latter rain?" Itís rain that makes things grow, isnít it? If you plant a seed, it needs a little rain to take hold; then it can begin to grow.....and right before harvesting, a whole bunch of good oleí rain makes sure that the crop is abundant! Thatís what kind of latter day rain weíre talking about here. God is already at work, pouring out the rain upon his children. He is sending both the former rain and the latter rain together to bring forth a speedy crop and a bountiful crop.
As we are drawing nearer to that last great harvest of souls before the coming of the Lord, I canít help but believe that God is getting ready to pour out the rain of the Holy Ghost on this world like never before.
I am looking for, hoping for, praying for and expecting a great revival, not just in our church, or just in Chico, but around the world. America needs the former rain and the latter rain together. Our church needs the former rain and the latter rain together. I need the former rain and the latter rain together.
Sometimes I think christians are content to just "warm a pew" on Sunday. God help us if thatís our mentality/spirituality. We are Pentecostal......after the day of Pentecost wherein there was a great movement of the Holy Ghost! Acts 2:1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Today, weíre lucky to get people to even move their hands to clap during Praise and Worship.....much less stand to show God
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