This month we observe the Feast of Pentecost, one of three “Appointed Times” when God says He will bless His people with extraordinary miracles. In a moment, I’ll share seven covenant blessings associated with this special season on God’s calendar, but first let me point out a very important word used to describe the first Pentecost after Jesus’ death and resurrection: SUDDENLY.
Acts 2:1-4 describes a dramatic breakthrough for the early church – a divine moment when Heaven seemed to come down and touch the earth. After Jesus ascended, a fledgling group of 120 believers had prayed…fasted…and waited. At first they must have wondered if anything would truly happen. But then, exactly 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection, a breakthrough came “suddenly”:
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…
This was such a dramatic turning point in the disciples’ lives that it’s often called “the birthday of the church.” The church was born in power – power that transformed the disciples and enabled them to transform the world.
This event in Acts 2 should serve as a vital reminder that you and I are called to a supernatural life. The same wonder-working power displayed in the life of Jesus and His early followers is available to YOU when you’re filled with the Holy Spirit.
What Miracle Are YOU Awaiting?
The disciples had prepared their hearts for a breakthrough from Heaven, but then they had to WAIT. Can you relate? Is there some promise from God that still hasn’t been fulfilled in your life?
With all my heart, I’m convinced that God wants to intervene in your difficult situations, releasing you from…
- Poverty or debt
- Sickness or depression
- Loneliness or hopelessness
- Addiction or family strife
- And so much more!
Yet, before your “SUDDENLY” comes, you may have to WAIT a while, as Jesus’ disciples did before the Spirit was poured out. Sadly, although Jesus had promised all of His followers “power from on high” (Luke 24:49), some of them apparently didn’t have the patience to stay in the upper room and wait until Pentecost. More than 500 people had encountered the resurrected Savior (1 Corinthians 15:6), yet only 120 bothered to show up on the Day of Pentecost!
My friend, I don’t want you to be among those who miss out on the blessings of Pentecost. May you be like the faithful followers who showed up and patiently waited for their breakthrough.
As we see on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, there’s always a gap between a promise from God and the time of its fulfillment…just as there’s a gap between Seedtime and Harvest. The apostle Paul says, “In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
Don’t lose heart while you’re waiting, dear friend! If you’ve Sown Seeds in faith and watered them in prayer, your “SUDDENLY” is sure to come.
Although I love this story in Acts 2 about how the early church was empowered by the Spirit, I’m concerned that relatively few believers today realize God also promises seven additional blessings to His people when we honor Him during the Feast of Pentecost and the other “Appointed Times” described in Exodus 23 and Leviticus 23. Along with the Feast of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles, God instructed His children to celebrate Pentecost as a perpetual feast, for all generations (Leviticus 23:40-41).
God promises that if you bring your offerings and obey what He’s told you to do, He will pour out seven specific covenant promises in your life:
- An angel of God will be assigned to protect you and lead you to your miracles.
- God will be an enemy to your enemies.
- The Lord will prosper you.
- You will not die before your appointed time.
- Increase and an inheritance will be yours.
God never rescinded these promises! If anything, His supernatural breakthroughs became even more available after He poured out His Spirit in Acts 2. He still wants you to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, but He also wants you to receive the blessings He promised in Exodus and Leviticus.
I’m also convinced that your Pentecost breakthrough can come SUDDENLY. Just as the early Christians in Acts 2 received a sudden infusion of God’s power during Pentecost, I believe YOU can receive a sudden infusion of God’s favor when you enter into this special season and obey His instructions.
Unlocking the Blessings
In order to unlock all of the blessings God has for you, it’s crucial that you fulfill His conditions. In the context of God’s Appointed Times, Deuteronomy 16:16 says, “None shall appear before the Lord empty-handed.” During these special times each year, the Israelites were to present their sacrifices and offerings to the Lord from the Seeds they had Sown and the Harvest He had given them.
Do you see what a wonderful opportunity this is? God wants to bless you and answer your prayers all year long. But He says there are certain windows of time when your Seeds can Reap extraordinary blessings and breakthroughs.
You’ve prayed…waited…Sown Seeds…and waited some more. Now I’m praying your “SUDDENLY” breakthrough will come during this Pentecost season!
Do you want to Reap God’s BEST? Do you want to see Him move in your life as never before? Then I encourage you to prepare your heart and your special Feast of Pentecost offering to honor the Lord and express your gratitude to Him.
I’m convinced that if you need a miracle breakthrough in your body…your relationship with the Lord…your marriage…your children…your emotions…or your finances…
This is your opportunity to obey God and enter into a new and exciting season of His covenant blessings!
Barbara and I are standing with you, believing God to give you amazing, long-awaited breakthroughs during this very special season on His calendar.
God bless you!
David Cerullo is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Inspiration Ministries, located in Indian Land, South Carolina a ministry dedicated to impacting people for Christ worldwide through media since 1990. David took a less traditional approach to ministry, graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and management. He has authored more than 15 different books and has been honored with an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree. He has been married to his wife Barbara for more than 40 years, and together they have two adult children and five grandchildren.