By Kenneth W. Hagin
One of the greatest moments in the history of mankind was the Day of Pentecost—the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the human race. Pentecost began in the Upper Room with tongues of fire and a rushing, mighty wind from Heaven (Acts 2:1–4). As time marched on, there were many great moves of the Spirit, but one by one, they all waned.
At the beginning of the 20th century the flame of the Spirit burst out again, and soon after, it was fanned in a little mission on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles. All at once, the fires of Pentecost began to spread all over the world!
In the mid-1960s there was a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit. People were being filled with the Holy Ghost in restaurants, in elevators, in hotel lobbies—everywhere! But as we rolled into the 1990s, those Pentecostal fires once again began to wane. People tried to quiet the moving of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost was relegated to a special service or a back room. But we need to stop treating the Holy Spirit like a guest and begin treating Him like a Resident! We must stop telling the Spirit of God when He can and cannot move!
When I was a boy, my dad pastored a little Pentecostal church in Farmersville, Texas, and he began to hold healing services every Saturday night. There were more people in our little Pentecostal church on Saturday night than there were downtown at the picture show. Why? Because the Spirit of God was moving. I saw people climb through the windows and crawl over the tops of the pews, rushing to the altar to get saved!
More than anything else in the world today, we need a demonstration of the Spirit. If we will keep those Pentecostal flames burning, we’ll have a revival like none we’ve ever seen. The power of Pentecost must not take a back seat. Let’s take the fire of God’s Spirit to a lost and dying world!