Pastor’s Desk




    BE AN OVER-COMER




    Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”




    Have you ever wondered or ask yourselves “What are we to overcome?”   That is a normal question to ask….but it is not so much what we are to overcome, but HOW we are to overcome.  In Matthew 4:  Jesus is tempted of the Devil, He overcame the personal temptations of Satan by the word, and by the word only.  In each of these major trials we find they are exactly like the temptations of the Garden of Eden, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life.  Jesus overcame each one by the word.

    Eve fell to the personal temptation of Satan by failing to use the word.  Adam fell in direct disobedience to the word, but Jesus overcame by the word.  Jesus was tempted as we are, yet he gained the victory, and overcame by the word to help them that are tempted (Hebrew 2: 18).  Jesus defeated Satan by means open to all of his humblest followers, the intelligent use of the word of God, (II Timothy 2:15).
     As the tempter was revealed, Jesus rebukes him, “Get the hence,”  “begone.”  Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.  These words forbid every kind of religious adoration to any other object of any kind other than Jesus, whether it be idols, Icons of one kind or another, false gods, Popes, the virgin Mary, saints or angels.

    The three temptations had been met.  Three times the tempter had been battled, three times the victory had been won.  Satan tempted Jesus through the door of the appetite, when He was weak and hungry.  The lust of the flesh.  Through “the lust of the eye,” and the third. “the pride of life.”  All these things Satan offered Jesus if only he would fall down and worship him.  But they all had been met by the shield of faith, and the tempter beaten back by the word of God.  Jesus said, “he that overcomes”  Jesus overcame, therefore we can also overcome.  Jesus beat him back by the word, showing us how to become an overcomer, leaving us an example.  Hebrew 5:7  “Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayer and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death and was heard in that He feared.  Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all then that obey Him.”  What was He obedient to?  The word of God.

    In this age of plenty and opportunity, when everyone has so much and there is so much more to be had, with all the inventions to do our work and so many things to give us pleasure, suddenly, we find mental illness taking such a toll as to alarm the nation.  People should be happy, nut most are not, millions are taking sedatives at night, pep pills in the morning, rushing to doctors, entering institutions and trying to drown out unknown fears by alcohol, only to find the next morning what ever they are trying to get away from is still right there.

    This age boast of its spiritual attainments, but they are less sure of themselves than ever.  They boast of their moral values and it is more corrupt than any age since the flood.  We have come from the horse and buggy age to the space age, and we are proud and boastful about it; but inside is a dark void cavern that is crying out, and the only way to fill that cavern is through Jesus Christ.  We must feed the soul with His word.

    People are filled with pride, they boast of what they have.  But what they have will not stand the test of time.  They are building upon quicksand, rather than the rock of the salvation of God’s word.  People today are twitching the word of God and hacking it to pieces to suite their own hearts desire,  but the will of God will be done regardless, for it is by His word we overcome.
 
 


FITTING IN

    You can hear people say, “They’re trying to find themselves.”  People today are trying to find a place where they can “Fit in” to be somebody or so they think, whether it be a social club, sport games, or even in the church they are jostling for position, who is going to do what.  They are trying to fit in with the crowd.  They want to be part of something.  They are missing something in their lives, and they don’t know how to fill it.  There are many in the church houses today longing for something and don’t know what it is.  If people would go to the Altar and get down on their knees and have a little talk with Jesus, they might find out what it is they are missing in their lives.
    If you are trying to fit in this world and this world’s system then you are looking in the wrong places.  Satan is the Prince of this world, and the things you find in this world belong to Satan, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.  These things are not of God.
    Jesus did not fit into the ways of the Pharisee, Sadducees, He called them snakes and vipers.  He did not give into the ways of the world, its doctrine, tradition, nor its temptations.  There are too many people today letting too much of the world creep into their lives, and it is taking root, yes, even in the churches.  They are talking the talk, but are not walking the walk.  They are growing bigger and bigger, and the people are flocking in, looking for what they think is salvation for their souls.  But there is a restless spirit and they are not finding peace for their soul.   The Scripture says, “Ye must be born again of the water and of the Spirit.” 
    Peter stood up on the day of Pentecost and said, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Acts 2: 38.  Notice that they all spake with other tongues as the Holy Spirit of God gave them utterance. Acts 2: 4  Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and for every more.  He changes not.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, then try Jesus.  Fit In with the children of God. 
    Jesus did not die on the cross of Calvary for a building, he died for a people, to redeem them back to himself, and that includes you, and if you are missing something in your life, then it is the Spirit of the Comforter, that Jesus sent back to earth when he ascended up into heaven.  Don’t get swallowed up in these large churches, lost in a mass of humanity, becoming just one more face among thousands.  Jesus is not coming back for a building, He is coming back for his children, for his people, His church.
    What are we learning in the churches today?  What is allowed?  Look around you, open up your eyes, everything is allowed anymore.  According to man, this is the “Modern Generation,”  so it okay.  Tell me if you can, when did Jesus change His word?  When did He say sin is not sin, big or small.  People are becoming used to the darkness.  So the Dark side of life does not seem so dark.  As God asked Adam, “Who opened your eyes, your understanding?  Things that used to be wrong, all of a sudden they are right.  No, my friend, if they were wrong then, they are wrong today, and no matter what man may say, he cannot change the word of God.
    “There are some that trouble you and would pervert the Gospel of Christ, but though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you let him be accused.”  Gal. 1: 7-8.
    If you want to fit in, then find a church that teaches the truth and get down on your knees and pray and don’t stop until you are filled with the Holy Ghost, if you seek him with your whole heart, you will find him.  Fill that empty place down inside of you with the Holy Ghost which is the Holy Spirit of God.  Fit in with the children of God.
     

 

 



MY GOD CAN!

 

Psa. 78: 41 “Yea, they turned back and tested God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

 

Why do people place limitation on the Lord?  Many times limitations are placed on the Lord without realizing what they are doing, by the words that come out of our mouth, by their thoughts; by the way, they act.  People place limitations on the one that has no limitations.  Heaven is His throne, Earth is His footstool, He created everything our eyes survey.  He is God in the book of Genesis, He is God in Revelation.  He is God in the Beginning; He will still be God in the end.  God can do anything but fail.  To God, nothing is impossible.

 

Even though the children of Israel are God’s chosen people, they were stubborn and rebellious, just like we are today, and in their unbelief spoke against God, questioning God’s ability,  “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”  There is nothing that my God cannot do.  My God can.  I place no limitation on the Lord; He can do far above what I may think He can do.

 

At the Red Sea, the children of Israel were caught between Pharaoh’s army, and the Red Sea.  They complained to Moses, why did you bring us out of Egypt just to be slained in this wilderness?   Moses said to them, “Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.”  The children of Israel put limitation on God even after all the wonders and miracles they seen in Egypt.  Nevertheless, God parted the water and the children of Israel walked across on dry land.  Because my God can do anything.

 

The people asked Moses, “Can God feed this great multitude of people out here in the wilderness?  My God can.  Can God bring water out of a rock?  Who ever heard of such a thing as this?  However, my God can, for Jesus is that Rock.  Who is it that can walk on the water?  Nobody but Jesus.  Who is He that can still the wind and calm the raging sea?  My God Can.  What manner of man is this?

The God of Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, David and the others, I want to remind people, He is also our God.  That same God can reach down, and lift you out of the miry pits of sin that we have sunk into, and place your feet upon that solid rock.  You may ask who would do that for a sinner like me?  My God Can.  He can take your sins and wash you white as snow, because my God can.  When we are sick and the doctors give up on us, who can heal us?  My God Can.  Can this man raise the dead also?  “Lazarus, come forth,”   My God Can.  I am the Resurrection, and the life,” Jesus said.

 

 

 

          The Chaldean, Magician, astrologer, could not tell king Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of his dream, but Daniel said, “There is a God in Heaven who revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king, what shall be in the latter days.”  My God can.  “Was thy God able,” king Darius asked of Daniel.  “To deliver thee from the lions?” “Oh, king, live forever, my God was able.”  Daniel said.

 

Just remember, when you are down, my God is able to hold you up.  When the three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace, they said unto the king, “Our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us.”  The king looked into the furnace and said, “Did not we thrown three bound into the fiery furnace?  I see four men, loose and walking down there, and the fourth is like the Son of God.”  My God is able to deliver you from whatever trial you may be going through, for He will be right there in the fire with you.  Do not ever put limitations on God, for there is nothing He cannot do.  Your friends may turn against you.  Members in your church may let you down, but my God is able to hold you up.  Elijah said unto the people, “How long halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”  God gives that chose to every man, woman, and child.  Whom will you serve today, God or Satan?    

 


FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

  

JUST IN CASE:

 

Many claim that Jesus was not born of the virgin Mary, that he was not crucified on the Cross of Calvary, and that He did not rise from the grave the third day. They claim that the things written in the four gospels are fantasy. That Jesus did not exist.

It is sad to think that the divinity of Christ has been given up by so many people. Some great scholars deny that He ever lived at all, that Christ is only a myth.

II Peter 1:16-19 “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

The Bible, is the word of God, written in a book by the prophets of old, and the apostles of Jesus who walked and talked with Him for three-and-a-half-years of Jesus’ ministry. The word of God seems to be under more scrutiny today than ever before, but that seems only reasonable, knowing that Jesus is soon to come. Man is questioning whether Jesus ever existed, that it is all a well planned fantasy. They are discounting the miracles that He performed. They are discounting the rapture. They say the apostles are a fake, that they are just someone made up. The spirit of the Anti-Christ is in the land., deceiving many, “even the very elect, if it were possible.” I am telling you brethren who are reading this article, Hold fast to that you already have.

Jesus tells us in St. Matthew 10:32-33, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Don’t you think that, Just in case, the Bible is the true word of the one true God, we should be very thoughtful of where we want to spend eternity? Do we want to spend it in those mansions that Jesus has gone to prepare for us, or do we want to spend it in the fires of hell, with Satan and the fallen angels? God gives us a choice. Are we willing to take the chance that all of the Bible is a fantasy, that the things Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all wrote are fiction? Peter said, “We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

Scarcely an action or a work of Christ is mentioned, at which Peter was not present. Peter was present at the miracles of Jesus from the very first. He was there on the Mount of Transfiguration. He was there when Jesus fed the multitude. He was there in the court of Pilate. He was there at the tomb with John to witness the empty tomb.

Just in case the disciples are telling the truth, that the Bible is really the word of God, what happens to us if we refuse to believe? What if the great scholars, and the sciences are wrong? What if God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and all the things that are there-in? Are we willing to pay the consequence, because we refused to believe? Each person has to make up their own mind about the Bible. But can every one in the Bible be wrong, from the prophets in the Old Testament, to the Disciples in the New Testament, from Paul in the book of Acts, to John in the book of Revelation?

Just in case, Jesus is real and He did die for our sins, that He is alive for evermore, are you willing to step out on a little faith? For if He did not, then we are all dead in our sins and hell is our new home. I can’t speak for the great Sciences nor the great scholars of our time, but as for me, I believe the word of God, I believe Jesus is a real person, and the things that are wrote about Him are true, but you have to decide what you want to believe. I pray you make the right decision.


FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR:

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HEAR?

 

When you go to church, what do you want to hear? The pastor to tell you “God is love” Something to make you feel good. To skip over the things you do wrong. What do you want to hear?

“Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” Isaiah 30: 1; 10

Preachers today are worried, concerned and even afraid to preach the true word of God. They are afraid that their own congregation will not accept the truth or that the world system will not tolerate them speaking out against certain sins like, “Same sex marriages, shacking-up, or anything that is classified as sin. If they speak out on any of those things, it is considered a hate crime. Preacher do not hate the person, they hate the sin that person is committing against God and themselves. What do you want to hear? Do you want the preacher to tell you that it is okay to do those things, when it is not? How can the word of God have any effect, if they skip around the truth and just tell you things that are easy to listen to. Like, Jesus died for your sins. Yes he did. But do you think that because he died for your sins that gives you the right do go out and do anything you want to? No it does not. A sin is a sin, whether you like it or not. Preachers that are called by God cannot water the word of God down, just to please the people.

God told Isaiah 58: 1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions.” A watered down word of God cannot be effective and do the job that it is supposed to do. It seems that people today want to believe a lie more so than the truth. To put good for evil, and evil for good. This is destroying the foundation on which our Christian value are built. It is already destroying our Nation; and we are closing our eyes and refusing to see what is going on around us. Our leaders are saying it is alright to have the same-sex marriages, and some are even encouraging it, but woe be to them.

The prophets of old were killed far telling the truth, because people had rather heed the false teachers, they wanted to hear smooth things, deceits, just like people of today. Anything you want to do is alright with God, he understands. No, it is not alright, and yes he does understand. Everything is not alright with the Lord, he cares how his children dress, and he cares where they go, what they do, just like you care about your own children. We are His sons and daughters, He is our father.

 

 

 

Jesus was murdered on an old rugged cross for telling the people their sin, for telling the truth, the Apostles were beaten, stoned, imprisoned, persecuted, others were martyred, except for John, for the Gospel, did the truth die with them? Did the truth stopped at them? Is this Nation reverting to the old ways? Cannot the truth be told today?

Cry aloud, do not be afraid of being heard. Speak up, some ones feelings may be hurt, but it better to hurt their feelings than them to spend eternity in hell, and if you don’t tell them the blood is going to be on your hands, just like it is on Pilate’s, and it won’t wash off. Is that what you want, to answer for their sins? Many are dying in sin every day, which has not been told the truth. God said, “Show my people their transgressions.” How will they know, if the preachers do not tell them? They need to know the truth, then they can make their own decision, either to believe or not to believe, to do the right thing or not to do the right thing, but the choice is their. They have that right, don’t you think?

I Timothy 4: 16 “Take heed unto thyself and unto the Doctrine; continue in them, for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.”

What do you want to hear? Tell the sinner, what must I do to be saved. Tell them, what must I do to stay saved. Tell the sinner what is required of them. Tell them what sin is. Sin is an abomination before the Lord, it makes him sick. You may be looking good before your fellow man, but that don’t mean you are looking good before God. Take heed to your ways. Don’t ever think that God is not watching you.

 


A TALE OF TWO CITIES

The city of Sodom, Abraham asked God “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”

And he said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Genesis 18: 32-33

 

Not even ten righteous people could be found in the whole city of Sodom, but Abraham pleaded with God for Sodom in order to save Lot’s life. Only six people were delivered from the great city of Sodom. Lot and his wife, his two son and their wives, before the city was completely destroyed.

The city of Nineveh was one of the greatest cities of Ancient times. So large was its metropolitan area that it would take three days to go around it. “......Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. The king laid aside his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. For he said “Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?’ Jonah 3: 1-10. God spared Nineveh because they repented. The tale of two cities, one repented, the other did not.

How about today? What would it take for these United States to repent? A disaster? How about just one state? Is that asking too much? How about just one city? Would that be asking too much? The whole city of Nineveh repented, were they wiser than we are today? Or did they believe what God said would happen if they did not. Sodom was destroyed because they did not repent. Many people feel they are righteous, and see no wrong in the way they are living? We need to ask ourselves, are people measuring themselves by their own opinion or by the word of God? Hoping something is so, does not make it so. God spared Nineveh for one hundred years, because they repented and humbled themselves before God. But he completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness, he could not find just ten people upright in that city. If he came to your house, what would he find? You may think that you do things in the darkness and God does not see, but there is nothing you can hide from God, not even your own thoughts. God is passing by your home, how will he find it? Will he see the blood that he shed on the cross of Calvary, as a cover over your home? Will he know that there are repentant souls within that home or will it be destroyed as Sodom because you harden your heart and would not turn from your evil way of life? Don’t put it off, you know not the day nor the hour God will pass over you.

We dwell in the midst of a rebellious nation, the people have eyes to see yet they see not, they have ears to hear, and they hear not: for they are a rebellious nation. It is not from want of means to know God’s will that sinners perish, but from unwillingness to use the means which he furnishes them. Their ignorance is voluntary and inexcusable. They refuse to see there is a step between us and an awful eternity. It concerns us all to get ready for a future state. When death closes our eyes there is no more space for repentance. The flattering of corrupt teachers cannot hinder the execution of God’s wrath against the wicked. When his judgments comes (as it did for Sodom), like an overflowing stream, it will sweep away both the corrupt teachers of lies and those who put their trust in them. Sodom refused to repent and was destroyed. Nineveh repented and was spared for the next one hundred years. What will you do before the wrath of God falls up this sinful nation? I place before you life and death. The choice is up to you. Please, make the right one.




WHERE IS DAVID?

 

David was a man after God’s own heart, he loved the Lord and the Lord loved David. He was a man of flesh and blood the same as you and I. He made mistakes, and he had his weakness, he had the same passions, same desires, same temptations, but there was something about David, in spite of his faults, God still loved him. God did not love the sin, but he loved the man. There was one thing David had that seems to be missing in the world today. He knew how to repent. He knew how to praise the Lord. Where is the spirit of David today? When we read the book of Psalms, we can see how much David loved the Lord, and how much he trusted in him. We may often repeat the words of David, and that is fine, but, we should have our own praise to God for what he has done for us, in our own words and not someone else’s.

Our words may not sound as good as what David said, they may not be written down in a book here on earth for someone else to read, but God has them all written down is his great record book, and placed in his treasure chest. They are how we feel toward God, from our own lips and from our own heart, and mind. We should always have a praise for God, morning or night, for he is a twenty-four God, seven days a week. If we cannot think of something to thank him for, to praise him for, then there is something wrong with us.

We only want to praise him when things are going good, and some don’t even praise him then. When we have money in the bank, our health is okay, our husband or wife is doing fine, our children are behaving, but, when things are not going so well, God still remains God. We need more of that spirit of David in the world, that has a praise for the Lord, no matter what. There are some days we may feel as if the Lord is ignoring us, is that because we are ignoring him? If we deny him, he will deny us. We want Jesus to love us, but do we love him? If so, then how do we let him know that we love him? Do we live our lives as if we loved him? Do we praise him with our whole heart, or do we just offer him lip service? Do we call upon his name, but do not the things he tells us? Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

Do we praise him seven days a week, or only on Sunday, where people can see us? Has our free nation become Sunday only worshippers of the Lord? This nation has become a nation of Dignified Christians, too dignified, too proud, to kneel down upon their knees in prayer to the “KING OF KING, and LORD OF LORD’S.” We need to recall to mind that Jesus was not too “Dignified” to be beaten, spit upon, slapped, humiliated, and shed his innocent blood on the Cross of Calvary and die for our sins. Not His, but yours and mine. Sinners, not worthy of one drop of his blood.

When the preacher says a prayer on Sunday morning, we just nod our head in agreement. It reminds me of two old red Roasters, setting on the fence at the break of dawn, one crowed loudly announcing the breaking of the dawn. The other was so lazy, he just nodded his head in agreement. We nod our head in agreement to what the preacher has to say, no matter what. We need to open our mouths and lift our hands in praise unto the Lord. Jesus said, “If ye be ashamed of me before men, I shall be ashamed of you before my Father.” Are the people of this nation too proud, dignified, stubborn and rebellious, to lift up their hands and show the world they love the Lord Jesus. This is suppose to be a Christian nation, but they are taking everything away from the creator who created everything upon the face of this earth, including you and me. They have taken prayer out of our schools, and our children are running amuck. They have taken the ten commandments out, they are trying to convince the people that Jesus was not born of a virgin birth. They are telling the people you don’t need to be baptized, there is no resurrection, and that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross of Calvary, it was someone else in his place. How much longer do you think this is going to be a Christian nation? What is left for them to do, take “In God we trust” off of our currency as well.

Out side of the church atmosphere, do we ever kneel down and pray? Do we have family prayer, you know, where the whole family sets around the table and holds hands and pray together, or kneel by their bedside and pray, to give thanks unto the Lord for each day that we live, for our food that he has given us, for our home that we have?

David knew how to pray and to praise the Lord and he was not ashamed. He said what was in his heart, and showed his love toward God. Where is that spirit of David today? David was a man after God’s own heart. What is keeping us from being like David, a man or woman after God’s own heart? If we have that spirit of David, then let us lift up our hands, and show the world our love of Jesus.



BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.


    There are many people today who do not understand about the Holy Ghost.  They do not know who it is; nor what it is; nor how it affects our lives, but there’s one thing for sure, whether you understand or not the Holy Ghost is a must in everyone’s life.
    There are people who say it is a misprint.  But the Holy Ghost is no misprint, and it’s time everyone learned for themselves what the Holy Ghost is.
    The dictionary meaning is:  “The Spirit of God”  Many people call it the Holy Spirit, and that is what it is.  You may call it the Holy Spirit if it makes you feel comfortable, but you are taking away from God if you do, for Ghost is the Spirit of one who has died, appearing to the living.  And that is what Jesus did, He died on the cross of Calvary and on the third day rose from the tomb, and showed Himself to many of his disciples.  Anyone who denies the Holy Ghost is saying that Jesus did not die on the cross; therefore he did not rise from the tomb on the third day, then there is no resurrection.  But if you believe the Bible, St. John 20:26 tells us, “And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them then came Jesus, the door being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.”
    Notice that the scripture said, the door was shut and Jesus appeared in the midst of them. 
    Jesus tells us in St. John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;  but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”  Jesus is speaking of His death and resurrection.  He is telling his disciples, “I must go away.  It is necessary for you that I die upon the cross.  To be buried and rise the third day, and to ascend up into heaven or else the Comforter will not come unto you.”  And who is the Comforter?  Check it out for yourselves.  St. John 14:16, 26 tells us that the Comforter is the Holy Ghost.  “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.  Whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
    Jesus had to depart before the Comforter could come, but before Jesus ascended up into heaven, He told His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise.  Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  There were eye witness of Jesus ascending up into heaven.  He departed as he said he would.  And on the day of Pentecost when all the disciples, including Mary, the mother of Jesus were all gather together in the upper room as they had been told by Jesus, waiting for the Comforter or the promise.  The Comforter did come as Jesus had promised on the day of Pentecost.  Acts 2:1-6
    The dictionary lets us know that Comforter means:  an intercessor or helper.  And we find that an intercessor is one who pleads for another.  Romans 8:27 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
    The scriptures in Acts 2:1-8 lets us know that they all received the promise.  They were all baptized with the Holy Ghost.  Now the Holy Ghost did not come back to earth on the day of Pentecost and fill the disciples with his divine power and then just disappear off the face of the earth.  No, for we serve a true and living God.
    Many people feel that it only happened back then, only in the days of the disciples, but don’t let nobody tell you that.  They will tell you that things like that don’t happen today.  God says “I change not.”  He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever more.  He is still filling men and women with the Holy Ghost today as He did the disciples on the day of Pentecost.    God does not want to withhold the gift of the Holy Ghost from any of us.  Revelation 3:20 lets us know, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
    Acts 2:39 we find that, “For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”  This promise was not to the disciples only, but it is also for anyone even today, if we will open the door of our heart, when Jesus knocks, when we hear his voice.  This is a promise, He made to you and to me.  “Be still and know that I am God.”