What God Wants Pentecost to Mean for Today's Church

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What if? What if we are in an appointed time to gather for Resurrection power? We are between the ascension and Pentecost Sunday. This is a time that reminds us of the early church in Acts, who were waiting in an upper room to receive the gift Jesus promised to them. He said if they would tarry in the city, they would be "endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49b, NKJV). As Scripture tells us, "those who wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint" (Isa. 40:31).

Key Thoughts and Scriptures

"When God finds someone with courage to pray, preach and live a life before Him of holiness and compassion, He can literally change the face of a nation." —Winkie Pratney

Throughout history, we see that Great Awakenings or times of revival have been marked by a deep hunger for the things of God, a desire for prayer and a desire for intimacy with God.

During those seasons, we are brought to a place of authentic humility, repentance and contrition before the Lord.

True repentance:

—Is not remorse; it's not being sorry we were caught.

—It cannot be performed or worked up.

—It happens out of a place of intimacy with God, recognizing that we are undone in His presence.

"One cried to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory'" (Isa. 6:3).

"... not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?" (Rom. 2:4b).

It is not something that comes from a formula. It comes from the abiding presence of God.

To hear more of Doug Stringer's teaching on this topic, click here to listen to the entire podcast.

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