The Feast of Pentecost

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We can learn so much of the depth of God’s plan of salvation as we journey back to these feasts celebrated by the nation of Israel. This weekend the church remembers its birthday as we observe Pentecost. Many of us do not realize the significance of this Jewish feast.

It was to be celebrated 50 days after the feast of First Fruits which followed Passover. We know that Jesus became our perfect Passover Lamb and was sacrificed for us on the Jewish Passover. Three days later was the glorious resurrection of our Lord on the Feast of First Fruits, for He was the first fruit of them that slept. Now how awesome is that for God’s planning and detail?

The following feast was 50 days later, 10 days after His Ascension, known to us as Pentecost. Travel with me for a few moments back in time to Mount Sinai. Rabbinic scholars believe that it was on this day that God visited His people after their exodus from Egypt after the first Passover and through Moses, brought the Law down from Mount Sinai. This earthshaking day of visitation, trembling, and betrothal was the first Pentecost 50 days after the Passover in Egypt and became  THE BIRTHDAY OF THE  NATION OF ISREAL. Moses brings down the Torah or Law for the nation. Because of sin 3,000 die under the Law. The Old Covenant was a national covenant between God and His covenant people. And so the nation of Israel was established. They commit to follow Him in devotion and obedience.

The fulfillment of this Feast of Pentecost witnesses God visiting His people this time by His Holy Spirit. This is another earthshaking day of visitation and betrothal. But on this occasion God’s Presence is not as unapproachable as on the former visitation back at Sinai. Moses had ordered 12 boundary markers placed around the foot of the mountain to hold back the people lest the fire of God flash out upon them. Amidst the thundering and lightning God came down as a consuming fire and blackened the entire summit. Only Moses could stand in God’s Presence. But this next Pentecostal visitation was quite different. Tongues of fire descended from heaven to rest upon consecrated individuals gathered to wait upon God. All of them had received Messiah and had come to know Him in a personal way in the New Covenant. And so just as Moses had seen the burning bush that was not consumed, the fire that came down and rested upon the 120 in the upper room, was not to consume them but to fill them with the Holy Spirit and with power. This was the beginning of the Holy Spirit outpouring. And Joel saw this coming to a peak at the 6th seal at the very end of the latter days. See Joel 2:28-32. Whereas 3,000 had died under the Law on the previous visitation 3,000 are now saved by Grace as the Apostle Peter preaches to the crowds. And so on this awesome day in holy history, the 7th day of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar, the Feast of Pentecost comes to its appointed New Covenant fulfillment. The Feast of Pentecost, the fourth of the Seven Feasts of Israel is taken up to the next level. It becomes THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH.

CHALLENGE: God is asking you through the words of the apostle Paul “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed” Acts 19:2

You may be like the believers in Ephesus in Acts 19 who answer Paul “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” Be watching my video “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit” to answer questions and inspire you to seek your own Pentecost.

Praise Him in the Good Times and in the Bad Times do the Same

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In Everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I needed to be reminded of the following song today as I trust God for a healing and I believe someone else out there also needed to be uplifted by these lyrics today. Dear friend stand strong and see the salvation of the Lord!

When you’re up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams
And your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes
And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fear
Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear

Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

Now, Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
That we are paupers, when he knows himself we’re children of the King
So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ has risen and the work’s already done

 

Are You Too Busy?

 

Be watching tomorrow for my latest video on Rhema-RCTV from London 5pm GMT or on my website Margaretmearnsbass.com after noon.EST when I will be discussing our struggles to daily find time to spend alone with our heavenly Papa. “Are you too busy?” https://youtu.be/jKuFt99yOA0
I would love to hear from you with questions or comments.

God Is Faithful

 

Spring may have been a long time coming this year! It was a long snowy cold winter as tulips and daffodils hid their faces from the promise of their usual spring thaw of the earth. But I know God is faithful as my magnolia tree bursts in bloom as my hope is lifted to believe His Word.

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

CHALLENGE: If you are facing a cold season, hang onto His Word for He is faithful. Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

The Miraculous Bumble Bee

 

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     According to the study of aerodynamics, it should be impossible for a bumble bee to fly.

Its wings are much

too small to carry the weight of its heavy little body.

But, guess what? It can fly!

     Although in the natural realm, it seems impossible, the bumble bee does fly,

because God purposed it to do so! 

  What purpose has God called you to, that in the natural realm, it seems impossible?                    

     Learn a lesson from the miraculous bumble bee, because your new life in Christ is also a miracle .

       Maybe you think you have wings with

Too little talents

Too little resources

Too little time

Too little courage

BUT                                 

       You too can fly! fly! fly! against all odds, not with the wings of a bumble bee but with the wings of an eagle.

Isaiah. 40:31. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

You CAN  fulfill the purpose which God has called you to.