Sunday, May 24, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come  upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth." (Acts 1: 8) 
     Today is Pentecost Sunday and how desperately we need the Blessed Holy Spirit in our lives, in our homes and in our churches! Jesus knew that, so He received from the Father the promise to pour His Holy Spirit upon His Church. 
      One of the reasons our Lord was incarnated so that He could come and dwell among us and finally die upon the Cross on Golgatha as God's Paschal Lamb to redeem the world, was to empower us with the Holy Spirit!
    Jesus of Nazareth had to pour out His blood for the salvation of mankind before He could pour out the Holy Spirit upon His followers! 
     The great American Evangelist D.L. Moody stated: "God has a good many children who just barely got life, but NO POWER for service! The Holy Spirit coming upon them with power is distinct and seperate from conversion. 
        "I believe we should accomplish more in one week than we should in years if we had only His FRESH BAPTISM. A great many think that  because they have been filled once, they are going to be filled for all time. But, my freinds, we are leaky vessels and have to be kept right under the fountain all the time in order to keep full."
      Many years ago, the Pope of Rome showed Francis of Assisi around the Vatican, and pointing to all the wealth and treasures there, said: "No longer do we need to say with Peter of Old, Siver and Gold have I none!" 
      Francis of Assisi answered, "True, O Pope, but no longer can you say with Peter to the crippled man, Rise up and Walk." How True! That church and many others are only hollow shells of the Genuine article!
      O' how we need the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church today, to point lost and dying souls to the Lamb of God, Who poured out His blood and made the supreme sacrifice, so that He could pour into us His Blessed Holy Spirit! Amen.