Rabbi Schneider - Pentecost: What Does It Mean for You?
During this season of Shavuot, or we say in English, Pentecost, it's the same holiday. Pentecost just means 50 from the Greek and Shavuot means weeks because in the Torah, the Lord said that this day was to be celebrated seven weeks and a day after Passover. And so as we approach this season of Pentecost or Shavuot, I want to encourage us to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is present right now. It was on the day of Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended upon those first believers and entered their soul with such a dynamite force that they spontaneously began to speak in languages that they had never learned. It was almost a scientific event in the sense it was something that was observable and measurable. The Spirit of the living God, the Ruach Elohim literally came into them and caused them to do something that was supernatural.
I don't know about you, I assume that many of you are like me. I have a hunger and a craving to experience more of God's supernatural presence in my life. That's what it's all about. It's about knowing God, experiencing an adventure in our lives because we're moving in the element of the supernatural. Now, granted, that every day is not some day that we're just filled with, you know, some type of spirit of adventure. Many days are just, you know, putting one foot in front of the other, just trudging through the day, just doing what we know what we have to do. But over the long haul, as we're looking to the Lord and clinging to His Spirit, we are on an adventure. Something is supernaturally happening in our lives and we're being transformed.
So I want to encourage you today to awaken yourself. Even right now, say "Holy Spirit, I believe that You're here and that You're real and by faith, I activate Your working in my life. I ask you to cleanse me of unbelief and of doubt. Holy Spirit, I ask you to engage me with Yourself, that I would experience Your living presence in my life". Father, we want to thank you for the greatest gift that you could have ever given us, the gift of yourself through your Holy Spirit. We come to you now in the name of Jesus, and we ask you to work in our lives in such a way that we would know that you're in us and that we're in you, Chag Sameach beloved ones, happy holiday to you in Yeshua's name.