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Summary: Many Christians are not experiencing Pentecost for a number of reasons, but perhaps the greatest reason is because they are unaware of how rich and powerful it would make their lives.

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THE POWER OF PENTECOST

Last week we looked at THE PURPOSE OF PENTECOST and we found that it is much more than exciting music and a motivational message. Pentecost will certainly:

• Bring to us more of God’s power to live our daily lives,

• Take us to a higher place of worship,

• Cause us to examine ourselves,

• Change the way we think, talk and act,

• Give to us a desire to live and walk in the Spirit.

Whenever we experience Pentecost, there should be a significant spiritual impact on us, and this will cause us to tell others about what Jesus is doing in our lives.

Many Christians are not experiencing Pentecost for a number of reasons, but perhaps the greatest reason is because they are unaware of how rich and powerful it would make their lives.

There is a true story told of a man by the name of Yates that lived many years ago. It was during the depression that he was a very poor sheep farmer living in Texas. He was very close to being bankrupt, and he could not properly feed or clothe his family. Being a sheep farmer was all he knew. He was uneducated and had very little hope left in life. All that was keeping him and his family alive was government subsidies and welfare.

One day he heard about an oil company that was working nearby drilling wildcat wells for oil (with very little success). They came to Mr. Yates and told him that he might have an oil reserve beneath the surface of his land. Mr. Yates was doubtful but gave permission for them to drill a shallow wildcat well. At a mere 1,000 feet depth they struck the first of many oil wells.

The area was far richer with oil than anything they had ever seen and was soon called “Yates Pool”.

Some 30 years, later the technology of oil drilling increased and the size of Mr. Yates pool of oil increased another 50%. There was no end to Mr. Yates wealth.

And what is interesting for many years Mr. Yates lived in poverty on the brink of starvation and he didn’t even know it. Little did he know but that he was actually the wealthiest man in the world.

This is often the case of the spiritual condition of many Christians living today. Because of what Jesus has done and because of what he has promised, every Christian is entitled to all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and God’s energizing POWER OF PENTECOST.

Not only are they missing out on the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit, and are on the brink of being bankrupt and starvation, but they are allowing many other of their friends and relatives to live in ignorance of what God can do for them.

People really do want to know more about the Lord. The problem is that many of your friends and family members want to live a more meaningful life but don’t know how. I have even met those who don’t attend church simply because they don’t understand what Christianity is. And that, my friend, is why they are watching what you do and say everyday.

Question: Have you ever noticed how many people there are who will admit that they do not know that much about God?

There are a lot of people who are watching you, and that is why you need THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Many people are watching you to see if there is a reason for them to want to become a Christian.


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Maria Ross

commented on Apr 14, 2008

Pastor, This sermon is excellent!!!

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