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?
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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