"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Tower of Babel Vs Pentecost Last Part
Beloved, if we are experiencing confusion amongst ourselves, if we seem unable to understand each other, if disunity is the status quo represented as the Body of Christ today; we are not operating under the power of the Spirit of Pentecost. The baptism of the Holy Spirit united us; It is more than just speaking in tongues guys. The greatest evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is indeed a mysterious understanding as we find ourselves united by enjoying and opening the door to our Lord’s grace and truth. Pentecost is a phenomenon and a revolutionary way of life that is second to none. Pentecost is the release of God’s power for us to live the life that He designed for us to live before the foundations of this earth were established.
The question of today is; what language are you speaking today; the confusing, arrogant, rebellious and self-centered language of Babel or the supernatural understanding given to us at Pentecost? Doing things our way will always bring forth confusion and the resistance from our God; it is the place of no blessing; the place of no peace, the place of empty images and the place of unfinished visions. Many ministries and churches have expired because they insisted in the ways of Babel. The ways of Babel will never ever prosper no matter how glamorous it looks like. The way of Pentecost is the only way on earth that will indeed prosper and complete its mission no matter how awful things may look like.
Pentecostal gave us the power to give a face and a sound to holiness. In the Book of Acts, as we take a closer look at the beginning of this powerful institution called the church, we see 12 Characteristics of the True Apostolic way of life:
Anointed and bold Bible based preaching. (2:14-37)
Repentance was preached and not camouflaged. People must come to the realization that they are sinners before realizing their need for Christ (Acts 2:14-37). Romans, tells us that “Faith comes by hearing.” It is necessary for someone to preach the truth and the wholeness of this Gospel.
No need for programs; no transfers from church to church; this was supernatural growth. (2:41)
Their lifestyle was guided by the Apostle’s Teachings. These teachings were base on truth. (2:42)
They had true fellowship with one another as they ate and prayed with one another. (2:42)
Everybody was filled with awe; church was not boring. (2:43)
Signs and wonders were also common. (2:43)
Giving was more than just an Old Testament tithing requirement. They gave their lives. (2:44-45)
A hundred percent reliance on God for all their needs. No one was in need. (2:45 / 4:34-35)
They met together and were visible in the community. (2:46)
They were glad to be together. They enjoyed each other’s presence like a true family. (2:46)
They were sincere in their relationship to one another. (2:46)
My friends, this is the legacy of the miracle of Pentecost! Where are we as a church compared to these twelve characteristics? Are we going to leave it as just something applicable to those days and distance this way of life from the reality of our days? Which one of these twelve can we afford to be without?