Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | May 12, 2013

The Strong Word – May 2013


Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you … these are words that we all hear from time to time, sometimes too often! On Sunday 19th May we celebrate Pentecost -the Birthday of The Church -1,980 years since Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to enable us to be his people, adopted into his family, and carry the family likeness into the world in which we live.

People have tried over the years to make Pentecost more understandable. I know sometimes the Spirit is referred to as “Oil” with all the power and variety that comes with that picture. Other times he is the wind that blows in our lives, making himself known to us and through his actions.

I personally like the thought that we are like a glove and He, the Spirit, is the hand that fills us enabling us, as gloves to do things. After all, gloves without a hand in them can do nothing, reminding us of the words of Jesus in John 15:- “If a person remains in me and I in him then they will bear much fruit, fruit that lasts, for without me you can do nothing”.

The older I get the more I realise that I don’t understand that passage or the power of God’s spirit enough. There is always the foolish thought in my heart that there must be something that I can do! But Jesus is clear in John 15 and the surrounding chapters that we can only do things of eternal significance, only produce the fruit of the Spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Self Control and the Kindness that we long for if we have the Spirit of Jesus in our lives.

Often my car is out of petrol and too often I have to fill it up again if I want to go anywhere, and it is so expensive these days! Too often my heart is out of the Spirit of God, yet if I want to be a blessing to others and know God’s power in my life then I need to be filled with his spirit. But it is expensive, it cost Jesus his life and it will cost us time in prayer and preparation if we are to give the Lord access to our hearts.

Pentecost is when we remember these wonderful truths and seek to align ourselves


  1. Peter I am sitting in the lounge of a hotel in Indore, UP, India. The lights and power are back on as they have their own generator, which automatically starts when the outages occur, the beggars are able to sleep on the streets as the storm (emanating from the incoming monsoon) has receded and the locals have all but recovered their plastic roofs. Following the devastation from the high winds. So it was a poignant pleasure to read these words of wisdom, thank you, as in succinct terms this country is bereft of Christian teachings and guidance (I was staring earlier at and allegory of Sri Baba and the Oxen), therefore the needs of the many are driven by the want of the few.
    Kindest regards,
    Your fellow Grandfather
    Stanley Mathew Evans
    Ps 8% of the population is Christian

  2. THanks Stan -not often I get a response to an article I write! See you soon

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