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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 16, 2013 - The Indwelling Power of Pentecost

By Marie E. Brown

Psalm 29 is called "The Pentecostal Psalm." It exhorts us: "Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (vv. 1,2, KJV).

Here is Pentecost, indeed, for Pentecost means the glory of God's power and the power of God's glory. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you and enters into you, as He came in that Upper Room, filling the house and those sitting in it (Acts 2:2), causing them to "speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance ... the wonderful works of God" (vv. 4,11), you too will know both the glory of God's power and the power of His glory, and will worship Him.

We have worshipped the Lord in holiness and have thought we were doing quite well, but how many worship "in the beauty of holiness"? There were garments of "glory" and "beauty" worn by the high priest as he ministered in the sanctuary. God has made us priests, but He does not ask us to wear special garments. We have been redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb, and our beauty of holiness is that inward purity and outward witness of a life wholly given to the Lord.

It is this that makes distinct from all others the life of the person who has received his Pentecost. No one can yield his life wholly to the Master without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Look at the disciples of our Lord. Even while they were with Him, the self-life was uppermost — trying to spare the Lord His cross, sleeping when He asked them to watch and pray, denying Him at the most crucial time, forsaking Him, and wrangling, even at the Last Supper, as to who would be the greatest among them.

But look at those same disciples after Pentecost. The Spirit's power had taken full possession of their lives. Signs and wonders followed their ministry (as well as persecution and martyrdom). They had no fear now. There was no looking for the first place. They were humbled and yielded, for the Holy Spirit had come in to stay.

You ask, "Is this last Pentecostal outpouring the same as at the beginning of the Church?" I am sure of this one thing: The Holy Spirit is just the same, and when He can find disciples who will give Him their all, His power will be the same.

The life filled with the Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit. "By their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). What is this fruit? It is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22,23). It is this "beauty of holiness" that God desires.

— Adapted from "The Indwelling Power of Pentecost" by Marie E. Brown, originally published in the July 20, 1952, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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