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CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE 📚
(THE LIVING WATER)
DATE: Monday, 21st May, 2018
TOPIC: PENTECOSTAL OR ‘PENTERASCAL’
📖 READ: Acts 2:1-13
MEMORISE: And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)
Yesterday was the celebration of the Pentecost, and we went through emphases on the indispensability of the Holy Spirit in our lives in every ramification.
Every race, language, setting or system does have its origin. Origin provides clear and intended purpose, plan and prerequisite of what such most represent always. “Pentecost,” which was from onset the Jewish ‘Feast of Harvest’, gained a better significance the day the promised Holy Spirit baptism took place on the 120 disciples in the upper room, waiting there in response to Christ’s instruction and in expectation of His promise (Acts 1:4-8). We can therefore say that the first Pentecostal Church started on that day, setting the standard for the other churches (branches) springing from it. Thus, any church that is not existing according to the Spirit-controlled order of the Acts of the Apostles, shouldn’t be called Pentecostal. Pentecost churches and Christians should wholesomely embrace the principles and practices of the earlier Apostles.
Unfortunately, we have many fake Pentecostal churches all over. Some claim to be Pentecostal all because they demonstrate gifts of the Spirit-speaking in tongues, interpretation, healing, etc. This is not the basic criteria of Pentecostalism. The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:21-26) better defines the character of the Pentecostal than show of the vocal gifts that are being seriously ‘pirated’, today. Where these manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit are absent, regardless of their highest claims to ownership of Pentecostalism, they are real spiritual rascals!
A church that fails to teach sound biblical doctrine to mould godly character in people, is not Pentecostal. No wonder we have so many ’penterascals.’ Our lifestyles in conformity to Christ’s standard is what distinguishes us as Pentecostals. How much are we giving room to the workings of the Holy Spirit on us, in our midst, and in our churches today? That is the standard of being Pentecostal.
Lord, help me to surrender totally to the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of my life.
Holy Spirit, I tender my entire system to You; work upon me perfectly, so that I can work for, and with You effectively.
Pray for the revival of the Holy Spirit, as of old, in our churches; Tarry meetings should be restored I full force in our churches.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Kings 7 - 8 & 1 Corinthians 11
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE
Good morning Sir/Ma., have a fruitful new week and do remain richly blessed in the Lord Jesus Christ our Redeemer!
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