LOCKDOWN : 120 IN THE UPPER ROOM
Read: Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ Instructions prior to His Ascension
Read: Acts 2:1-11 The fulfilment of Jesus’ Promise to send The Holy Spirit.
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the fact that Heavenly Father and Jesus sent The Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:17)
“I will pour out My Spirit on all people.”
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the birth of the Church. Jesus said, “I will build My church and the gates of hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
On the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter preached and 3,000 accepted Jesus as their Saviour. They were baptised in water, having repented. (Acts 2:38a) “And you will receive the gift of The Holy Spirit.”
Jesus describes The Person of The Holy Spirit (John 14:26) as, “The Advocate, Whom The Father will send in My Name, (He) will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Jesus’ Declaration is true for us as much as it was for the first century disciples, “You will receive power when The Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be My witnesses.”
We are baptised in The Spirit once but we need to receive fresh fillings continually – because we leak!
This Pentecost Sunday The Holy Spirit does not want us only to have a history lesson – looking back – but to make a “stock take” of our “spirit filled life.”
N.B. The 120 came out of LOCKDOWN, (the Upper Room), Full of The Holy Spirit. These days, of Lockdown, have not been easy for us. Some are being shielded; some are furloughed; some are working in different ways in these difficult and changing times. I do believe that Lockdown is a time of preparation given to enable us to be prepared for greater things that our Supernatural God wants to share with us and do through us.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS HERE!!
- A KINGDOM OF LOVE
- A KINGDOM OF JOY
- A KINGDOM OF PEACE
- A KINGDOM OF PATIENCE
- A KINGDOM OF KINDNESS
- A KINGDOM OF GOODNESS
- A KINGDOM OF FAITHFULNESS
- A KINGDOM OF GENTLENESS
- A KINGDOM OF SELF-CONTROL
The Holy Spirit is a Person that many of us have self-distanced from for years. His desire is that we would sit with Him, to listen to Him and receive from Him.
- WAIT: FOR
- WANT: ABOVE ALL
- WALK: IN RELATIONSHIP WITH
“You will receive power when The Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be My Witnesses.”
WE ARE EMPOWERED FOR PURPOSE – NOT JUST FOR A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE!
King David declared, “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation.”
WE ARE ENLIGHTENED FOR UNDERSTANDING – NOT JUST FOR HEAD KNOWLEDGE!
The Apostle Paul tells us that, “knowledge puffs up.” Jesus taught as One with Authority.”
WE ARE ENABLED FOR SERVICE – NOT JUST TO PUT ON A SHOW!
Jesus says, “Whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these – because I AM going to The Father. (John 14:12)
The Heart of The Father; The Desire of Jesus; The Intent of The Holy Spirit is that we continue to “be being filled with The Holy Spirit” so that whether we are in Lockdown; coming out of Lockdown or out of Lockdown, that we:-
- LIVE IN THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S SPIRIT – PRODUCING HIS FRUIT
- BRING, AND LEAVE THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST – IN ALL SETTINGS
- BEAR THE IMAGE OF CHRIST – FOR HIS GLORY
- BE OPEN TO BE USED IN HIS GIFTS – SHARING GOD’S PRESENTS/PRESENCE
May our prayerful song be: “Spirit of The Living God, Fall afresh on me/us”
Subsequent to teaching this message Keith gave a prophetic word:
“Do you really, really, really, really desire to know My Spirit? To live in the knowledge, filling, empowering and life that you were designed to live in. There are keys to that life. You must humble yourself. You cannot do what I have called you to do in your own strength. I will take you into the depth of the water where you cannot walk. You can only fulfil what I have for you if you go out into the deep.
Humble yourself – come to that place where you allow Me not to be someone that you only call on when you are in need or in difficulty. You need to see yourself engulfed in The Trinity to hear My voice, to be re-active to My voice, obedient to My voice. Step out of your comfort zone. Step out of that which is natural to you. Even when you do not understand what I AM asking you to step into I will empower you.
You will see miraculous things! You will see Me! Seek first My Kingdom. As you do I AM going to take you into new places. Someone needs to move into a different job. You have been afraid to. I will empower you as you take action and move.
As you step out you will see the release of power. Don’t let the thing, situations, circumstances restrain you, for you are My children – I love you and want you to move forward. For Joy and Release in your life. I’ll give you words and actions. I will never, never, never let you down. Step out. Move into the deep water and see God’s Glory released.