Bible Study & Meditation

Just5 May 2020 Guide

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR PROSPEROUS LIVING
Just5 is a daily, five minute challenge for you to intentionally spend 5 minutes a day in scripture study/meditation, prayer, praise & worship.  Read each week’s guide and challenge for the saints to intentionally spend time in communion with God.

Week 19 | May 4-10, 2020

Praying for our Nation 

A Call to Prayer & Fasting

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.
Church of God In Christ 

Week 20 | May 11-17, 2020

Empowered by the Holy Spirit

  • Acts 1:1-8 (Amplified) | King James Version

    (1)The first account I made, Theophilus, was [a continuous report] about all the things that Jesus began to do and to teach (2) until the day when He ascended to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given instruction to the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen. (3) To these [men] He also showed Himself alive after His suffering [in Gethsemane and on the cross], by [a series of] many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God. (4) While being together and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said“you have heard Me speak. (5) For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized and empowered and united with the Holy Spirit, not long from now.” (6) So when they had come together, they asked Him repeatedly, “Lord, are You at this time re-establishing the kingdom and restoring it to Israel?”  (7) He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. (8) But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

Week 21 | May 18- 24, 2020

Pentecost | Part One

 John 7:37-39  | King James Version

(37) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Baptism of the Holy SPIRIT

Prayer:  Father, Your Word says that we would receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon us and that out of our bellies (innermost being) would flow rivers of living water. Let every believer receive this experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 1:8, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Week 22 | May 25- 31, 2020

 Pentecost | Part Two

How to Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

The following is an excerpt from a sermon/class on how to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, by Bishop William J. Seymour, “father” of the 20th Century Pentecostal movement. Bishop Mason (our founder) received the Holy Ghost, under Bishop Seymour’s ministry:

The Lord Jesus has said in His precious Word, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). God’s promises are true and sure. We can rest upon His promises. He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

The Lord Jesus is always ready to fill the hunger, thirsty souls, for He said in His precious Word, “He that believeth on Me as the Scriptures has said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)” (John 7:38-39). But, praise God, He is given to us today. 

All we have to do is obey the first chapter of Acts, and wait for the promise of the Father upon our souls. The Lord Jesus said in His precious Word, “Behold I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49). For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. * * * Ye shall receive power after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:5, 8).

They tarried until they received the mighty power of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit upon their souls. Then God put the credentials in their hearts, and put the ring of authority on their finger, and sealed them in the forehead with the Father’s name, and wrote on their heart the name of the New Jerusalem, and put in their hand the stone with the name written that no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. Praise the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever. Let us stand upon His promises. They are sure, they will not break.

The Lord Jesus says, “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). Dear loved one, the Lord Jesus when He rose from the dead, said “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:18-19). He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:16-18). And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. Praise His dear name, for He is just the same today.

The first thing in order to receive this precious and wonderful Baptism with the Holy Spirit, we want a clear knowledge of justification by faith according to the Bible. Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” faith that all our actual sins may be washed away. Actual sin means committed sin.

And then the second step is to have a real knowledge of sanctification, which frees us from original sin – the sin that we were born with, which we inherited from our “father” Adam. We were not responsible for that sin until we received light, for we could not repent of a sin that we did not commit. When we came to the Lord as a sinner, we repented to God our actual sins, and God for Christ’s sake pardoned us and washed our sin and pollution away, and planted eternal life in our souls.

Afterwards we saw in the Word of God, “this is the will of God, even your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3, also John 17:15-19), we consecrated ourselves to God, and the Lord Jesus sanctified our souls, and made us every whit clean. 

Then after we were clearly sanctified, we prayed to God for the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. So He sent the Holy Spirit to our hearts and filled us with His blessed Spirit, and He gave us the Bible evidence, according to the 2nd chapter of Acts verses 1 to 4, speaking with other tongues s the Spirit gives utterance.
Praise our God; He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Receive Him just now and He will fill you. Amen. Don’t get discouraged but pray until you are filled, for the Lord says, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Don’t stop because you do not receive the Baptism with the Holy Ghost at the first, but continue until you are filled. 

The Lord Jesus told His disciples to tarry until they were endued with power from on high. Many people today are willing to tarry just so long, and then they give up and fail to receive their personal Pentecost that would measure with the Bible. 

The Lord Jesus says, “Ye shall be filled.” He says that to the person that hungers and thirst after righteousness, and He says they are blessed. So if there is a hunger and thirst in our souls for righteousness, we are blessed of Him. Praise His dear name! Prayer:  Father, Your Word says that we would receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon us and that out of our bellies (innermost being) would flow rivers of living water. Let every believer receive this experience of being baptized in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 1:8, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wegman, Lukas K. The Message of Bishop William J. Seymour. Wegmann: Jackson, 1992.

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