2 Corinthians 4:13-18
13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
I love the season that we are in. There is no more important season to the church than the season of Pentecost. Pentecost comes after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells the disciples that before they can go into the world and preach the Gospel that they need to wait and pray. The Church is born through the pains of Pentecost. Pentecost allows us to celebrate our birth. We must celebrate the power of Pentecost in our lives. I'm dying to see it. God is still showing up. He is up to something. Pentecost is the birthday of the church. God has brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light. The old traditions are transformed and the new church comes in. Pentecost is a season of expectation and anticipation. It is a continual move of God in every believer. You cannot serve God and be prayerful without Pentecost. We must not take this season lightly. The church is evolving to celebrate ancient traditions of Pentecost. When Pastor McCorn's daughter was born, he was dying to see her and he rushed to the hospital. After Malika was born, she immediately wrapped Pastor McCorn around her finger. This is how God operates. He will give us a glimpse of what he is about to do. God is about to do something that we have never seen before. He will transform our thinking, thoughts, and attitudes. Unfortunately we are not always in the right place to see what God wants us to see. In order to see it, the old self has got to die. The carnal opinions have to be done away with. We have to have the attitude that we are dying to see it. We must be dying to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Some death - old attitudes, commitments, practices, etc., had to die for the Holy Spirit to take up residence in the heart of every believer. When Pentecost came, it came in the element of fire so that the new church could be born. We must be willing to die to see Jesus. Paul wrote a letter to the church of Corinth so that they knew a new thing was about to happen. Jesus had to experience death on the cross in order to be resurrected. God is transforming us, resurrecting us so that we can achieve God's plan and promise for our lives. We must be in a place where we allow God to open our eyes - remove the scales so that we can see God's promise. Scales of doubt, low self esteem, thinking we are better than others, etc. We must be dying to see what God is getting ready to do in our lives. I can't wait for God to help me, heal me, deliver me out of distresses, make a way out of no way. This is a season of fulfillment and expectations. We have to learn in the spirit how to see in the spirit. We can't see it unless we die. We must have a season of expectation and fulfillment. I am dying to see what God is going to do next. The Holy Spirit breathes new life into dead situations.
1. Have a sense of determination. Anything worth having and experiencing requires some determination on our part. We are going to have opposition in this life. Our determination must be dogged. We must be willing to put in the work to get the desired outcomes. Some things take some time. Have some determination to allow God to take us through the process. Be determined to see things all the way through. We must be determined believers. Paul was a determined believer. Saul had to die so that Paul could live. God uniquely prepares Paul to preach the gospel to the world. He would not be deterred or persuaded from delivering the word of God. Paul had a dogged determination. Some of us joined church so we could get away from Satan. We have the power of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives. People don't understand how you can serve God after all that you have been through. After all you have been through, you must be determined to carry out God's purpose and will in your life. You will make mistakes, there will be times when you don't feel like going to church. It is not really about us. It is about the Holy Spirit. God died for us. Sometimes we feel discouraged and feel our work is in vain. There is a balm in Gilead. Be determined to see God's plan, destiny, purpose, and plan for your life. Don't give up. God gives us power and determination to run on a little while longer.
2. Have a spirit of demonstration. Some of us are from Missouri... the show me state. Your faith is fortified every time God shows up, shows us something out of the ordinary. This demonstrates he is a burden bearer and a heavy load share. God is a friend that will stick closer than a brother. The fact that we are sitting here today is a sign that God is still blessing us. We am worth loving, saving, and being blessed. God's fire fell down at Pentecost that caused the people to utter in different languages. God used this opportunity to speak and in diverse languages to share differences. God can bridge the gap, blow our minds, and fulfill us in new and exciting ways. God will transform and use us to transform others. You cannot block God's purpose. You cannot make it. You will not win when you try to set traps for believers who are working to fulfill God's purpose. God is looking for believers. Paul writes because he believes it so he writes about it. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. God has given us the ability to be a co-creator with him. God says we can speak things into existence and they will be. Why come to a church and worship God where you don't expect anything to change? Ask God for demonstration. It is a miracle that we are still in the house of the Lord. God's demonstrations are not for show, they are connected to God's perfect plan for his people. Pentecost follows resurrection. Ezekiel preached and a party started happening in the valley... those dry bones got up. Preach to the wind.. and let God have his way.
3. Have a spirit of destination. If you are not going anywhere and will keep doing what you have always done, you don't need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will enable and empower you to get you to your destination. Our destination is proof. Our destination has been determined by God. Our destination is what God has prepared for our lives. You don't need God's power and Pentecost if you are not going anywhere. Pentecost is about moving us and taking us somewhere and transforming us to somewhere new. Many of us can't get to our destination because we are in our places of comfort and convenience. We may want to keep doing what is comfortable to us. For example, when you go to your job every day you often don't even have to think about it. We are wired and have muscle memory. If you want to move with God, ask God to send you the power of the Holy Spirit and ask God to help you to go where you are trying to go. You will arrive in good time because this is how God operates. God allows us to write the vision, and see it plain so that we can run and go with the vision. God gives us determination and demonstration to let us know that we are on our way to our destination. God shows us a picture that our lives can be better. He shows us that our latter days will be better than our former days. When we declare it we will see it. Malika, Pastor McCorn's daughter was born 20 years ago. God gave Pastor McCorn and First Lady Charlene McCorn this beautiful name, Malika, for their daughter which means, in Swahili, an angel that loves beautiful music. Pastor McCorn was happy to report that Malika will graduate in a week with a degree from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. This is a testimony that we must pray, speak over it, declare it over our lives and it will come to past. We must expect the impossible and see the invisible. Is there anybody who expects a miracle? Then speak it over our church, family, children, and communities. The lord has brought us from a might long way. Amen.