Acts 2:16,17 – But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams.

That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

Dick Mills was a great example to me in many areas of his life. Probably the most outstanding was his focus on the Spirit and the word of God. Brother Mills was birthed from the Pentecostal emphasis of the Foursquare Gospel Church. His love for the word of God was unmistakeable and unsurpassed. His main ministry gift was prophesy which is a perfect mix of the Spirit and the word. If you study the initial Pentecostal outpouring that came out of the upper room in Jerusalem and also study the book of Acts you will see very clearly that the early church moved in an equal emphasis of the Spirit and the Word. Today’s scripture is a great example of this combination. Peter and the other 120 followers of Jesus were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke out in other tongues. Peter began to preach by the Spirit quoting from a prophesy from the book of Joel. He described a last day outpouring and confirmed it with the word of God. Another powerful example is found in the Acts 15 where James quoted from the prophet Amos.

Acts 15:15-17 – The words of the Prophets agree with this, just as it is written:

‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return,

AND I WILL REBUILD THE FALLEN TABERNACLE OF DAVID,

AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS,

AND I WILL RESTORE IT,

SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,

AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’

The leaders of the church in Jerusalem were discussing the future of the church. James prophesied using the prophesy from Amos. Again we see the early church moving in the power of the word and Spirit. Living in these last days we should look long and hard at what these two prophetic words say. Apparently, Pentecostal outpourings will characterize the church of the last days like they did the early church. Watch for a shift away from seeker sensitive casual Christianity in the days ahead. A Pentecostal revival is certainly in God’s plan.

1 thought on “PENTECOST AND THE WORD”

  1. I use to think since I was Pentecostal that I checked the box from scripture “having a form of godliness, but denying the power there of” I thought that because I was spirit filled, I could not be in this category, until the Holy Spirit enlightened me that believing in something but not engaging the usage of this was also denying. There are no “sidelines” we are either in or out, it’s really that simple.

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