Summary: I believe the time has come for churches all over to put aside their differences and to come together in unity to put their foot down on the neck of the accuser and say “enough is enough!”
Pentecost “Back to the Basics”
Illus. The song Basics of Life, by 4Him
We've turned the page, for a new day has dawned
We've re-arranged what is right and what's wrong
Somehow we've drifted so far from the truth
That we can't get back home
Where are the virtues that once gave us light
Where are the morals that governed our lives
Someday we all will awake and look back
Just to find what we've lost
We need to get back to the basics of life
A heart that is pure and a love that is blind
A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ
The hope that endures for all times
These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life
Today, in America we have many churches, under many different names, under many different theologies of many different men.
Have you ever heard a story in which you were one of the main characters and somehow things had got twisted around and parts of the story were true, but larger parts were embellished and contorted to where what actually happened had been altered so much, that someone else actually stole the credit for something you had done or started?
You can call it mankind’s viewpoints or opinions, or something by another name. But by most who will be truthful with their observations, the more mankind tries to improve, accommodate or reinvent religion, the further away we slip as a whole, from the relationship God intended for us to have with Him through The Holy Spirit. Which is His Holy Spirit living in, leading, guiding and directing our lives!
All by divine design God sent the Holy Spirit to us to be with us forever, to give us and ensure us of having the abundant life and promises He has especially and uniquely prepared for everyone who is willing to accept and believe!
We look around at the vast majority of churches in our neighborhoods and really all across the globe, and we wonder what in the world happened! Clearly there had to have been a real move of God over the years, because some of the buildings that have been vacated, are fantastic structures and required a great move of God to build them!
Even today, churches are still closing their doors at an alarming rate. And those who survive, keep searching for the next big idea that will work to bring back what once was.
What I am going to tell you next, would probably shock a lot of church members in most established nominal churches today!
All the churches in the world were birthed and started, on and from the day of Pentecost when the Power of the Holy Spirit fell on a group of believers and released the possibility of relationship to the entire Gentile population in the world.
Which means, all of them were Spirit Filled churches in the beginning! Amen? From that moment, the accuser has been trying to contort and extort the truth, all in the hopes of circumventing and downplaying the availability of the Holy Spirit Power, to hundreds of millions of believers over the years.
While far to often seeming successful, the accuser has had his share of success over the years. Because he has sown condemnation discourse and division every chance he has had, to damage and dismantle the unity and the mission the original core group of believers had.
I believe the time has come for churches all over to put aside their differences and to come together in unity to put their foot down on the neck of the accuser and say “enough is enough!”
The original writers of the New Testament were fearful future believers would be faced with such a dilemma. So they were very, very clear to write about the consequences that would occur!
Galatians 1:8,9 KJ
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you
We need to get back to the basics, to what happened on the day of Pentecost and reignite the flames of the Gospel revolution! I’m talking about the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost, the promise that was delivered to and for God’s Children!
If you’re a child of God this morning, then the promise was and is still for you! A promise that only came to be, because God’s only Son Jesus was willing to lay down his life to provide the deliverance and possibility for you to receive!
Have you received the Gift of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence thereof? To personal? You bet it is! The gift of the Holy Spirit is a personal decision, it’s between you and God and no one else!