This was the climax of the much anticipated Holy Ghost Convention, another extraordinary encounter with the Lord. Having experienced two sessions of the Holy Ghost Convention, we just couldn’t wait for the last session which was a half-night session. Honoring the occasion and speaking to the church was Apostle Amos Jimmy Markin, the Evangelism Director of the Church of Pentecost on the topic “When the Spirit Moves“.
He commenced the sermon by saying that when Jesus was leaving the Earth, he made mention of two truths;
- That He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail over it. That the church is the most powerful organization in the world.
- He will not leave us helpless nor without comfort but He will leave us with the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter and who will remain with us forever. (John 14:16-17)
In continuation of the sermon, he said that we cease to be ordinary when we become born again, not after the flesh but after the Spirit and the Word of God. That the Christian life is not about going to church and warming the bench, it goes beyond that.
Furthermore, he stated that we do not sin because we are sinners, but because we are dead. And that when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us, we become impregnable. The Spirit dwells upon everyone who comes to believe in Him. However, the Holy Spirit has stopped moving because we have prevented Him from doing so.
He made this intriguing statement that the name of the one who died is Jesus Christ who is Holy, as He resurrected, He became Ghost and thus is referred to as the HOLY GHOST.
He cited these scriptures in support to the fact:
- 1 John 2:20-27, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:14, John 3:34, John 16: 8-20, Romans 8:14, Ezekiel 47:1-23.
Getting to the pinnacle, he mentioned that Perfecting Holiness (which is the theme for the year) lives inside of us. Anointing is not obtained only by laying of hands. Rather we experience it when we surrender to the Holy Spirit. Thus, we need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. As Pentecostals, we cannot survive without the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
He ended the sermon after which he led the church in a time of prayer where he ministered the spirit to individuals and the church as a whole. Indeed the Holy Spirit has moved greatly these three days of the Convention.