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Are You A Pre Or Post Pentecost Believer?
January 7, 2014
  Dear Readers, from time to time, I enjoy posting blogs written by other bloggers whose articles have blessed me. I asked a friend with a gift to communicate who goes by the pen name of "Barnabus"  to post a blog for RPM for which I'm thankful he complied. Enjoy and be blessed!

Recently, I had to change the cartridge in our kitchen sink, a simple task you say. Welllllll, it is supposed to be, but in fact, that was not the way things turned out. Despite repeated attempts at this "simple" job, a discussion with a nice but perplexed manufacturer's call centre rep, and trying not one, not two, but three different cartridges and performing a thorough cleaning of one of them, when reassembled, every time, the tap lever would immediately slide down under its own weight, shutting itself off! 
 
Being a man, I was quite prepared to leave it there, but my wife let me know, in no uncertain terms, that she was not prepared to try and wash/rinse the dishes with one hand, while holding the tap on with the other. I could see her point.
 
Finally, I did what I should have done in the first place, and that was to ask the Lord's help with this task. He immediately told me (in my Spirit) to clean the cartridge with the Go-Jo hand cleaner residing in the basement. Cool!  Down I went, cleaned, reassembled and installed the offending pieces and, IT WORKED!
 
For some time now, the Lord has been opening my eyes to many things around the world relating to how near we are to His return, which I believe is much closer than most people think. In keeping with the promise that "all things are working together for good" to those who meet the conditions, the Lord used a kitchen faucet to bring to mind the Parable of the Ten Virgins, as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 25. Here, only those five who have the light gained by an uninterrupted supply of oil in their earthen vessels have the illumination necessary to guide them through the darkness to the Bridegroom, and the wedding feast.
 
Jesus is our example: born of the flesh and the Spirit (thus representing truly saved believers), faithfully attending the local "church", and "being about His Father's business". Nonetheless, for thirty years, He waited on the Father, manifested no attempt at ministry or supernatural attributes whatsoever until after He was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Only after being empowered by God did He begin His ministry and to demonstrate the power of the Spirit through the nine principal gifts of the Spirit. From this point forward, every miracle, sign and wonder He performed fell into one of these nine categories.
 
After showing the Apostles "how it is done" for three years, Jesus informed them that it was better for Him to go away (being one person) so that the Spirit could be sent to empower the many who would do "greater things than these". As One who was born of the Spirit, He first breathed the Spirit into the faithful, after the resurrection, making them His equivalent before His Baptism, and thereby creating the first born-again New Testament believers. However, He clearly felt that this in itself was not sufficient as He told them, in essence, to go nowhere and do nothing until they received the additional Power and Authority necessary for them to perform their calling, again, as per His example. How many have brought disaster upon themselves and others by not heeding this advice!
 
For the remnant of those who obeyed the Lord's admonition to wait for the Power from on high, that power was released in no small measure when "the day of Pentecost had fully come". On receiving the empowering, external downpour of the Spirit from above, the formerly fearful instantly burst forth from hiding to boldly and publicly proclaim and demonstrate the birth of a new work of God.
 
From this point on, God's word assumes that this is the normal pattern for all believers to follow, and the lens through which all the subsequent Books of the Bible are to be viewed. 
 
Do you wish to be a pre or post Pentecost believer ? The choice is your's. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman who never forces Himself on the believer, but who will graciously occupy as much room as we are willing to make for Him. What are you waiting for ?

Barnabus
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