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Revival in the City (5 of 5)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Acts 2:1-4, 14, 36-41
Christians today. I say, "Praise the Lord!" Our efforts to live the Christian life in our own strength has caused us to feel the same way those disciples must have felt. The Lord, in His love, has allowed us to come to this place today so that we might prepare our own hearts for a Pentecost.
Let me tell you what happened to those disciples as they prayed together, and as a feeling of unity and expectancy came over them. As they communed with the Father in heaven, they got in one spirit and in one accord. They were freed from their petty jealousies and personal rivalries, which had at times disrupted their fellowship. All of a sudden there was a sudden blast of violent, rushing wind. Then an overpowering wave of crimson flames surged into the room and settled on the heads of the believers. The scripture says "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." Out of this miraculous experience we have a revival which took place in the city of Jerusalem.
I. THE ENERGIZING OF THE SPIRIT
In verse 4 of our text, the Bible says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." Some may think the fullness of the Holy Spirit is only for pastors, missionaries, deacons, and perhaps Sunday School teachers. Not so. It says "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit."
I believe that the Spirit filled life is the normal Christian life. Anything less than a Spirit filled life is subnormal. When the Holy Spirit comes and fills a man who is already saved, it lifts him above the monotonous into the momentous, from the ordinary into the extraordinary. The Spirit filled believer not only has life, but he has abundant life. I want to say that God has placed such an importance upon this matter of the Spirit filled life that if we go out of this place this morning without being filled with God's Holy Spirit, God is going to have a controversy with us.
You say, "Why? Why is this important? Why would God ha ...
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