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Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.

Came across this quote tonight and it resonated with me. A couple of days ago at work we discovered an issue with a process that was implemented a few months ago. We’ve therefore had several conversations in the last few days about how we all make mistakes sometimes.

The situation at work, proved we all make mistakes, and then make more mistakes, as the problem that was discovered was originally found at the end of last year, and was documented as having been fixed. Unfortunately a fix had been put in place which resolved one issue, but it appeared the fix wasn’t fully tested, meaning it wasn’t noticed that the whole issue hadn’t been resolved.

In life, even when we mess up God forgives, restores and blesses us again. And when we then mess up again, God forgives, restores and blesses us again. And when we mess up again God forgives, restores and blesses us again, etc etc.

Thank goodness God forgives, restores and blesses us again and again because as humans we mess up so often.

Important

Posted: June 6, 2019 in bible, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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“Thank you for calling, your call is important to us. You are currently number 4 in the queue.” – How many times have you heard that when you’ve called a business or organisation?

Imagine when we prayed, if God replied, “Thank you for praying. Your prayer is important to me. You are call number 8 million in the queue.”

I doubt that would be very pleasing. It wouldn’t make us feel particularly important to God if we were constantly way down the queue for Him to hear our prayer.

Fortunately that’s not how God work – Our prayers are important to Him, i.e. no need to wait around in a queue for Him to hear our prayer.

1 John 5:15 – “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

How good are you at waiting?

For me and possibly you too, it probably depends what you’re waiting for.

  • If you’ve got a hospital appointment and you’re waiting to be seen, you’re probably anxious or nervous.
  • If you’re waiting for delivery of a new TV, you’re probably desperate for it to be delivered, anticipating how great the picture and sound are going to be.
  • If you’re waiting for a letter to confirm a job offer, you may be anxiously looking out the window for the postman.

How about when you’ve prayed to God about something specific and are waiting for Him to answer your prayer – Are you eager to find out how God is going to answer your prayer, or anxious that he won’t answer your prayer in the way you want?

However and whenever God answers our prayers, there’s no need to be anxious or afraid, because He will answer our prayers in the way that He deems is best for us.

Life can often make us question whether God cares, or even whether he exists. But as the song There Will Be God reminds us, no matter what happens, there is always love, there is always hope, and most importantly, God is always there!

But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces — even to the remotest places on earth!” ~ Acts 1:8 (TPT)

God wants you and me to be His messengers. He needs us to be ready and willing to will go wherever He needs us to go, to do His work.

Are you willing to be His messenger?

Can we really all do something for God? Of course we can!

No two of us are the same. No two of us have the same talents or skills. No two of us have the same knowledge or experience. But we all have life experience and God given talents.

That’s why God needs each of us. He needs people with all sorts of skills, and therefore he needs each of us. We just need to be willing to do what God wants us to do!

Are you ready and willing to do what God wants you to do?

Just because what’s going on in your life right now doesn’t feel good, doesn’t mean God’s not working. ~ Joyce Meyer

It can be tough to believe things will get better for you when you’re in the middle of a difficult time in your life. But even during those times God is with you. Remember that God will always answer your prayers, maybe not when you want or how you want, but he will answer your prayers.

Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you ~ 1 Peter 5 (TPT)

This verse from 1 Peter reminds us that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, God cares for us.

It’s all well and good telling someone that God cares for them, but would those words alone make someone believe God cares for them? I suspect not. However that doesn’t stop God caring for everyone.

Maybe when we’re going through those tough times, we don’t recognise God’s presence with us, but I’m sure that later, when we look back on that time, we’ll realise God was there for us, and got us through those tough days.

So don’t try and cope with all your worries and concerns on your own, take them to God and let Him take them from you.

When you feel alone you can feel isolated which can be frightening. But even we really have nothing to fear, because God has promised to be there for us and strengthen us at all times. All we need to do is trust Him.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)