From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift publishing the sermons of Reed A Swift (1899-1973)
This sermon was preached in W.Hollywood,CA; Chickasaw,LA; Pomona,CA; and MiraLoma,CA Free Methodist Churches. This particular sermon is hand written with no paragraph markings and no outline points, but it is a very good message!
This is That
The Apostle Peter of Pentecost repeats Joel's prophecy foretelling of these happenings of Pentecost. And the 120 are immediately fulfilling this prophecy. Here in verses 17 & 18, the word prophesy meant to proclaim Redemption thru Jesus Christ.
The symbol of God's presence in OT times was literal fire. Today, God endorses His prophecy with the fire of the Holy Ghost. His preaching & witnessing runs over like an artesian well.
Those early apostles of Pentecost were not sermonizers, but fire baptized witnesses. God forbid that our preaching be man made & human, but be of Holy Fire!
Pentecostal preachers were not in bondage. The 120 sons & daughters were free in service. Pentecostal preachers did not sit back and make excuses but were all witnesses. Paul, with the other early apostles, preached Jesus Christ. The world seems as stupid today as then. Tell them of Christ! Tell them Jesus came to regenerate & purify & fill them with the Holy Ghost and Fire! When men's hearts are changed they will have the Lord today! May we all proclaim Jesus Christ in His power to save and sanctify with the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven! There is a little persecution in preaching Christ and the cross but it cannot be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us!
Our text lived out in any church will insure them of success. I believe revivals will come on the same terms as always. We all need to be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Man's plans & brains & doings are not sufficient. We need the annointing!
The world compliments a nice dead church but souls will be lost. We need to be ready to preach, pray, sing, or shout in the Spirit.
V.18- Even God's weakest may have revival. In fact, "all flesh". Anyone can pray and wait on God until the skies part and victory comes. Most professors and preachers are too busy just trying to do something. Even a timid bashful soul may be a powerfull witness for God. Sometimes God must get us in a corner or a pinch to make us take time to pray things to pass. I hope He does! It was that way with Jacob. All men are cowards when in danger. I pray God may let men and women see hell just before them until they will wrestle in prayer as Jacob did. Peace was made at once with his brother Esau and so it will be today. All great soul winners were ordinary weaklings until they were baptized with the Holy Ghost. There is a change takes place inside from that of "supplanter & deciever" to that of "a Prince of God" with power.
Why do so many fail in the ministry and quit? Because they failed to tarry until endued with power from on high.
This whole congregation here should have a message from God for others. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord". It is a test of discipleship.
Paul determined to forget his learning and preach Jesus Christ. I wish some of our preachers would!
God has a message for everyone of us. And all men are good for nothing until surrendered to God.
True Holiness will defend itself! Just get it and live it!
Unbelief and obstacles vanish when God's people strike fire, and He clothes them with victory, courage and strength.
God wants His people to succeed, and His main interest is the salvation of souls and sanctification of believers.
Again I say, God help us to preach in the Spirit, sing, testify, pray, and live in the Spirit. Then sinners will be convicted and converted around where we live.
Everything is spiritually too dry today! God come and touch people's hard hearts and moisten people's dry eyes for Jesus sake.
Pilgrims, we have no time to lose. Life is too short, eternity is too long, hell too awfull, and sin too damning to play religion. It will take the extraordinary Glory and Power and Victory of a Spirit filled life to move souls to seek God and salvation. We cannot take this life easy with souls going to hell. We must preach the Gospel, pray it, sing it, shout it, and live it until victory comes.
Another thing: You cannot live up to this text and be a tight-stingy soul toward God in any respect. God has called you! To spread the Gospel with your mouth, with your money, and in your business life. I want my life to tell for Jesus. That's everywhere. Do you? How long has it been since you invited someone to come to Sunday School or Church with you? Or prayed with someone? If you donot invest anything in God's eternal souls, you cannot help but be dried up spiritually. Many only awaken to their misspent possibilities in God's work after their lives, time, and money have been wasted. Some never awaken.
May God help us to tarry for the promise of His Spirit as the sun tanned fishermen of Galilee did! It is for everyone of us! Who wants the Holy Spirit more than money, friends, or ease? Does God call some to sacrifice and others to ease? No! God sanctify us for service!