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Should we tarry?

Now there were many in the Pentecostal movement in those days that believed, preached and taught that you had to tarry to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

You see, they believed that when Jesus told His disciples and followers, just before His ascension, to tarry (or wait) in Jerusalem until the promise of the Holy Spirit had been poured out, that this was actually a formula for receiving the Holy Spirit.

Now if that were true then everyone, even today, would have to not only tarry to receive the Holy Spirit, but they would have to travel to Jerusalem and tarry if they wanted to receive the Holy Spirit.

This is what Peter said right after the 120 received the Holy Spirit and caused such a commotion by doing all of that tongue-talking on the day of Pentecost: "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on ALL flesh."

You see, Jesus had been telling them about the Holy Spirit and how it was needful for Him to go to the Father so He could pour out the Spirit on them. He said that the same works that He did they would be able to do.

The Holy Spirit Multiplied
He said even greater (in number) works could they do because while He was only one man on the earth operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, He would be able to do even more through all believers once they got filled with the power of the Holy Spirit!

God's word tells us on that day of Pentecost, back there in the second chapter of Acts, about two thousand years ago, that God poured out His Spirit on all flesh. He has already been poured out for every believer to receive by faith.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is contained in God's grace. Jesus said; "And you shall receive miracle working power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you."

Tarried 40 Years
I actually met a man in one of our meetings that had been tarrying for the Holy Spirit for 40 years and as soon as I ministered on the Holy Spirit in his church, he just reached out and took what God had already freely given him.

You see, I told him that he didn't have to tarry, that the 120 in the upper room only tarried till the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh. He didn't realize that since that happened all we believers have to do is receive by faith what God has already given us.

Well, this older man just reached out and received the Holy Spirit so easy that it seemed hard to believe that he had actually grunted, groaned, and strained for 40 years trying to receive the Holy Spirit. He thought that God would give it to him when God was ready.

He was waiting on God to do something He had already done about 2000 years ago.

When he found out, through the Word of God, that God had already given him the Holy Spirit, he just reached out and took it by faith. When he did, those tongues just started flowing out of his mouth.

It still, to this day, gives me goose bumps every time I hear someone begin speaking in tongues for the first time. It is truly a miracle of God.

His pastor was amazed because he was the one who had been teaching this "tarrying" doctrine to his people. Now bless his heart, even after seeing several of his people just reach out in faith and receive the Holy Spirit, after being taught the truth, he still refused to let go of his "tarrying" doctrine.

I was recently told by a good friend of mine that's currently in the evangelistic ministry among various denominations that there are still quite a number of Pentecostal ministers teaching this "tarrying" doctrine.

Are You Working Harder to Appreciate it More?
You see, some people think the harder you have to work to get something the more you will appreciate it when you do get it. But when God has already freely given us the Holy Spirit, by His grace, then He has already done the work for us.

He did the work so we don't have too. We can just enter into His rest. Praise God! Let me say that again. Jesus paid the price so we don't have to.

If you want to wait and wait and wait on God to give you something that He's already given to you by His grace, in His Word, then you are going to be waiting a long, long time with no results.

As for me, if God says something is mine then I just believe I'll take it. If God says I can do something, then I just believe I'll do that. If God says I am somebody, then I'll just say I am who and what God says I am, because God is not a man that he should lie.

Indeed it is impossible for God to lie.

Source: God's Grace Land by Mike Mings
Excerpt permission granted by Publications

Author Biography

Mike Mings
Web site: Faith Says Ministries
Rev. Mike Mings is an author, teacher, and minister of the Word. He founded Living Word Church as well as their website outreach, Faith Says Ministries.

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