Sunday 27th May is Pentecost Sunday when (some of) the church around the world celebrate the breathtakingly amazing day when God poured out, giving as a gift to all believers, the Holy Spirit of God. Each day for the next ten days, up to and including May 27th, I shall post a quote about the Holy Spirit and would encourage you to use it as a prayerful meditation, inviting Holy Spirit to come and flow in and through you.
Unity is necessary to the outpouring of the Spirit of God. If you have 120 volts of electricity coming into your house but you have broken wiring, you may turn on the switch, but nothing works – no lights come on, the stove doesn’t warm, the radio doesn’t turn on. Why? Because you have broken wiring. The power is ready to do its work…, but where there is broken wiring, there is no power. Unity is necessary among the children of God if we are going to know the flow of power…to see God do His wonders.
A. W. Tozer
There is no need for us to wait, as the one hundred and twenty had to wait [Acts 1], for the Spirit to come. For the Holy Spirit did come on the day of Pentecost, and has never left his church. Our responsibility is to humble ourselves before his sovereign authority, to determine not to quench him, but to allow him his freedom. For then our churches will again manifest those marks of the Spirit’s presence which many young people are especially looking for, namely biblical teaching, loving fellowship, living worship, and an ongoing, outgoing evangelism.
John R. W. Stott