DATE: 23RD MAY, 2021

TEXT: JOHN 7:37-39

Amen! Let’s rise up together, as we make our DECLARATION OF FRUITFULNESS in this Year of Fruitfulness:

Are you ready? Say with me:

The Eternal God is our refuge. He opens Rivers in desolate Heights.The Lord makes the wilderness a Pool of water.

The LORD God is my Sun and Shield; The LORD gives Grace and Glory.

Therefore, I delight myself in Him. Those who are Planted in the House of the LORD shall be fresh and flourishing.

Though the Earth be shaken; the Name of the Lord is my Strong Tower. By Faith I affirm that: In Christ alone is my Salvation. In Him I live, and move and have my being.

It is written: The Righteous are like trees Planted by the waters; bearing fruits in its Season.

So I boldly declare: As for me, my God has made me EXCEEDINGLY FRUITFUL.

In this Season, my Spirit bears Fruits of Righteousness, my Talents make Way for me. With my hands, I will Plant, I will Build, I will Harvest – Day by Day, Step by Step.

In Jesus’ Name – Amen!

Today is PENTECOST SUNDAY, and many People will wonder, “What is Pentecost Sunday?”

In the Hebrew Bible, Pentecost is an Annual Harvest Festival that occurs seven (7) weeks after Passover.

It is also known as the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of First Fruit.

Pentecost Feast is one of the three (3) Feasts that God gave to Israel by which they worshipped Him or by which they come to meet Him.

There is Pentecost, there is Passover and then there is the Feast of Tabernacle.

… These are the three (3) main Jewish Feasts, where God met with the people.

But Pentecost was a very Special one, because during the time of Pentecost, the People would come with their Harvests, with their Firstfruit to come to Jerusalem to the Lord.

During the Period that is called, the Inter Testamental Period – You say, “What is Inter-testamental?”

It is the Period between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In that Period, People would call it the Silent Years!

The People of Israel developed another expression for Pentecost which was to commemorate the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai.

So, more frequently, Pentecost was celebrated to remember the Giving of the Law.

By the time Jesus was born, the Feast of Pentecost in Israel was basically a time to remember the Giving of the Law to Israel.

… It was also called a Time of Renewal.

On the Christian Calendar, Pentecost Sunday is counted fifty (50) days from Easter.

So, if you go and do your count, this is fifty (50) days from Easter. From Easter Sunday to now is fifty (50) days.

And that is why it is PENTECOST – It simply means the Fiftieth (50th)!

So Pentecost Sunday for us, is a time to commemorate the Coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Early Church; on the Day of Pentecost.

So I am Preaching this morning on the Topic: THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE.

Because the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost – We use that day to remember: living under the control of the Holy Spirit.


So, I am going to start with a Statement that Jesus made about the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John, in John 7:37-39 (NKJV).

… And it reads:

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Passage says that this statement Jesus made, was in reference to the Holy Spirit. Now I want you to note something on the Passage – It says “ON THE LAST DAY …”

It gives us a time when Jesus made the Statement – The Passage says He made it on the Last Day of the Feast.

… That great day!

The Feast in question, is the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles is the third (3rd) Feast in Israel. Pentecost is the second (2nd) one, Passover is the first (1st) one.

So, on our Calendar, it will be Pentecost, Passover and Feast of Tabernacles.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus made this Statement. And why did Jesus make this Statement?

Because during the Feast of Tabernacles, one of the activities that took Place was that everyday, the Priest would go and fetch water from the Pool of Siloam and go and Pour it at the Temple.

So, everyday People will go to fetch water, and go and Pour it – To signify that God was the One Who Provided water for the Israelites in the wilderness.

It was also a way of Prayer by the People; and it was a time for them to remember God’s Prophesy that His Spirit will move like water from the Temple to touch the rest of the world.

So, everyday of that Feast, they will go and fetch water and Pour it out. And Jesus Christ watched them doing that throughout the Feast.

Then on the Last day of the Feast Jesus stood up and said: “I Am the Living Water.”

In other words, what you are doing is great! But I Am the real fulfilment of what you are doing – ‘I Am the Living Water.”

So, on the Last Day of the Feast, Jesus stood up and said that He was the Living Water.

While People were going through the ritual, He was offering them the Reality.

And said that when we thirst for Him, we will receive the True water that He gave – That is the Holy Spirit.

The Three (3) Stages of the Holy Spirit Presence that we can find in the Statement of Jesus.

If we look at the Passage we read (John 7:37-39):

  1. The first (1st) one is what I call THE INFLOW.

The Inflow is when you are filled with the Spirit.

Jesus said: If you are thirsty, come and drink!

So the Inflow is for those who come to drink of what He is offering – The Holy Spirit.

When we drink in the Holy Spirit, we receive His Inflow.

And if anyone is thirsty for the Holy Spirit today, you will receive an Inflow from Him – Amen.

  1. The Second (2nd) Stage that we find in the Passage is what I call THE OVERFLOW.

The Overflow is when you are flooded with the Spirit.

He says that the Spirit becomes a River in us; that is when we receive an Overflow.

Something in us begins to come up to the top, and flow out as a river – The Overflow!

  1. Then the Third (3rd) is what I call THE OUTFLOW.

The Outflow is when God allows us to Minister through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus says the Outflow is when we flow like rivers of Living Water. The rivers of Living Water flowing out of us.

So, God the Holy Spirit comes into us, floods through us, flows out of us!

… He comes in, He fills you to the brim, and then flows out of you.

There are three (3) Stages: the Inflow, the the Overflow and the Outflow.

And the Holy Spirit does that for ALL Believers. He wants to come in, He wants to fill us to the brim and the He wants to flow out of us.

And today, may He flow out of each one of us – Amen.

Being Filled with the Holy Spirit and having a SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE, starts with the Inflow, the Outflow and the Overflow.

If we are going to live Spirit-filled lives, then the Holy Spirit must be in us, He must fill us, and He must flow out of us.

Jesus said so many things about the Holy Spirit. Most of those things He said them in the Gospel of John:

  1. He said concerning the Holy Spirit, that He will ABIDE with you ever.
  2. He said the Holy will TEACH you all things – John 14:26.
  3. He says, the Holy Spirit will TESTIFY of Me – John 15:26.
  4. He says the Holy Spirit will REPROVE the world of sin, of Righteousness and of Judgement – John 16:8;
  5. He says the Holy Spirit will GUIDE us into all Truth – John 16:13.
  6. The Holy Spirit will SHOW you things to come – The same John 16:13.
  7. He says, the Holy Spirit will Glorify Me – John 16:14.
  8. He says, the Holy Spirit will take the things of Mine and show them to you – The same John 16:14.

… So, the Holy is Central to our Christian Life!

  • He shows us Who Christ is.
  • He reveals Christ to us.
  • He teaches us all things.
  • He testifies of Christ.
  • He shows us things to come.

We cannot really live the Christian Life without the Holy Spirit – We can’t!

… The Christian Life is the Holy Spirit Life.

Just before Jesus Ascended; just before He went to Heaven, He asked His Disciples to wait for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

And ten (10) days after Jesus’ Ascension, the Disciples received the Holy Spirit and it occurred on the Day of Pentecost.

That is, from the Passover, when Jesus was Crucified, to the day of Pentecost – That is fifty (50) days.

So let’s look at the account on THE DAY OF PENTECOST – Acts 2:1-4.

… It says:

1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

This is how the Day of Pentecost came – God moved in a Mighty way upon the Disciples.

When we say that “GOD MOVED”; it is a Statement has to be explained.

Because God is Omnipresent – God is everywhere at everytime! So, He doesn’t need to move to a Place to be there.

So when we say “GOD IS MOVING”; it is not as if God is in America, and when we Pray He quickly comes here to Ghana.

Or God is in Ghana, and when People are Praying in China, God moves there.

When we say ‘God is moving’; He is not moving as we move!

When we say God is moving, it simply means: He is already in the Place but He manifested Himself in a Place.

So, a move of God is not movement as we understand it.

A Move of God is a manifestation of God in a Particular Place where He already is – Because He is everywhere!

He didn’t just move to the Upper Room (He was already there). But that Day He stirred up something in that Place.

So, just to take a Note at what happened on the Day of Pentecost – There was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

The Move of God brought about a manifestation of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit was very Profound – It affected the senses of the People.

Some of the things that happened, happened outside of the Disciples, some of the things happened inside of them.

To show that when the Holy Spirit is at work, some of what He does, happens inside of us; some of it happens outside of us.

The Holy Spirit work happens inside and outside: Something on the inside working on the outside.

Let’s look at the Manifestations that happened the First (1st) Day of Pentecost.

  1. It affected their Sense of HEARING.

The Bible says they heard a Sound from Heaven – And it was like a Mighty Rushing Wind.

It was NOT a Mighty Rushing Wind.

It wasn’t as if the wine was blowing very fast in the Upper Room – They heard the Sound like that!

What they heard was a Sound from Heaven. God opened their ears to hear a Heavenly Sound.

So, one of the Manifestations of the Holy Spirit is that He opens our ears to hear the Sound of Heaven; to hear those things that are Spiritual.

And may the Lord open our ears to hear Heavenly Sound this morning – Amen.

  1. Not only was their hearing affected, but their SIGHT was also affected.

The Bible says, there appeared to them, cloven tongues as of fire. It wasn’t tongues of fire, but it looked like fire ‘as of fire.’

Because many times, we generalise some of these terms in the Bible.

They saw something on each one’s head that looked like Tongues on Fire.

… It was not tongues of fire, it looked like Tongues of Fire. They saw something that looked like flames, that looked like human tongues.

God didn’t just open their ears – To hear the Sound of Heaven; He opened their eyes to see things Spiritually.

What they saw was a Spiritual Vision. And if other People had been there, they wouldn’t have seen what they saw because God opened their Spiritual eyes to see.

May the Lord open our eyes to see in the Realm of the Spirit – Amen.

When we have a Spirit-filled Life, God opens our Spiritual ears, God opens our Spiritual eyes.

  1. The third (3rd) thing is that their Sense of FEELING was affected.

The Bible says they were all filled of the Holy Spirit – They had a sense of Fullness!

It’s almost as if you were there, it looks like something has filled you up – You feel full, you feel complete.

The Holy Spirit does open our ears Spiritually, open our eyes Spiritually. And open our Beings Spiritually; so we can anticipate and accommodate His Presence in our hearts.

  1. The fourth (4th) thing that happened is that God TOUCHED their Speaking.

… And they began to speak with other Tongues.

They began to speak! They were filled, the Holy Spirit didn’t speak – They began to speak.

There is the work of the Holy Spirit in us, and there is the work of operating in the Holy Spirit – He fills us, we begin to speak. They began to speak! And so, their speech was affected.

When the Holy Spirit comes, our hearing is affected, our sight is affected, our feelings are affected, and our words are also affected.

The Spirit-filled Life affects us on these Levels – What we hear, what we see, how we feel and what we say.

May the Lord help us to speak His words – Amen.

When these things occurred to the Disciples, they were so overwhelmed.

Remember, after Jesus Christ was crucified, they have been hiding from the Romans and the Jews.

Because, who knows, everybody thought, when they caught Jesus Christ and crucify Him maybe we will be the next!

Maybe Peter, maybe Matthew, maybe some other Disciples. Maybe even the Mother of Jesus – Mary would be caught and crucified. So, they were hiding.

But when they had this Encounter with the Holy Spirit, they stepped out, they stopped hiding. And that is one of the marks of the Holy Spirit -When He comes into our lives, you stop being afraid. You step out BOLDLY, to confront whatever is there in the world.

If you are a fearful Christians, you need the Holy Spirit – If you have the Holy Spirit and you are afraid, then maybe you bottled Him in.

Let Him flow out of you! Because when He comes into your life, there will be boldness.

Somebody say: ‘I am BOLD’ – I AM BOLD.

So, they stepped out of the Upper Room Speaking in Tongues. And People were amazed, because the Jews had come from all over.

That’s Part of what happened on the Day of Pentecost; they come from wherever they are.

Now this time, the Jews were under the Romans occupation – and so they have come from different Part of the Roman Empire, to Jerusalem.

And when they came, these were dual Language speaking Jews! – So there were Jews who understood Hebrew and Arabic – which were the main Languages of the Jews at that time.

And they also understood the Languages of the Places they have gone to live in.

And when they came on the Day of Pentecost, this occasion, the Disciples stepped out and People were speaking all kinds of Languages. And the People could figure out; they said that’s from the Town I came from, that’s from the Town I live in.

From all Parts of the Roman Empire, God was communicating Supernaturally to tell them, that what has happened this day is to take the Message of the Gospel beyond the Jewish Nation, to other Nations of the world.

And so He allowed them to communicate to the People in their own Languages!

But something happened that day; as they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they were speaking, the Bible says they were telling the Mighty Works of the Lord.

Some People looked at them and said, this thing is not correct! So they said, these People must be drunk – They are drunk!

… I don’t know how drinking makes you speak in another Language!

Maybe there are People who speak in another Language and they speak German; when they are drunk (laughs) – They speak another Language. But they said, they are drunk.

So it means Probably, in addition to speaking in those Languages, they were moving in the mannerism of someone who was under an influence.

Something about their movement was not stable – So People said, oh they are drunk.

Being under the influence of the Holy Spirit seemed like they were under the influence of alcohol.

So Peter had to answer and say: Wait a minute, it’s too early in the day for us to be drunk in the first Place. The bars are not opened – Do it’s too early!

… I’m sure if he was in Ghana, he wouldn’t have said ‘Too early’ (laughs).

But for the Society at that time, he said it’s too early – It’s 9 O’clock in the morning (some People these days get their shots before 9 O’clock).

But Peter said, it’s too early!

By the logic of the time, it makes sense – It’s too early to get drunk.

He said, we are not drunk.

Listen to Peter’s explaination from Acts 2:15-19:

“For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the Prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to Pass in the last days, says God, That I will Pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall Prophesy, Your Young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My Menservants and on My Maidservants
I will Pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall Prophesy. I will show Wonders in Heaven above and Signs in the Earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.”

… Woooow!

Peter is quoting a Prophecy from an Old Testament Prophet called Joel (in Joel 2:28-30) – He has made this statement that Peter is quoting.

So Peter is saying, what you are seeing is not alcohol, it is a SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE in Manifestation.

Let me just go through a few things from this Passage, to show you what a Spirit-filled Life looks it.


  1. The Spirit-filled Life is the life that is Totally Influenced by the Holy Spirit.

He influences every areas of our life – Just like alcohol controls the Mind and thought of People under its influence.

So, those under the influence of the Holy Spirit experience a Change in their thinking and behaviour.

When you are under the Spirit’s Influence, the Spirit will move you wherever you go. The Spirit controls the way you talk, the Spirit changes the way you walk, the Spirit changes the way you act.

… Because, the Holy Spirit Influences us completely.

The Spirit-filled Life is the Life that is totally Influenced by the Holy Spirit.

How Much Of the Holy Spirit’s Presence is in your Life?

It’s not just about Speaking in Tongues – It goes beyond Speaking in Tongues, to being under His Influence.

… That’s the first (1st) thing!

  1. The Spirit-filled Life is when our Desires are Yielded to the Holy Spirit.

It says, the Spirit will be upon ALL Flesh – All flesh means all People.

Joel’s Prophecy mentioned men and women, old and young, maidservants, menservants – All Classes of People, all Ages, Genders.

But he says the Spirit will be upon all flesh.

The Holy Spirit touches our flesh and brings us under Subjection – He subdues the flesh!

We cannot be fleshly Christians and still be claiming that the Holy Spirit is the One leading us.

Sometimes it’s not the Holy Spirit leading us; It’s anger leading us, it’s jealousy leading us, it’s lust leading us.

You cannot be under the Holy Spirit Influence and still be Lusting.

Okay, I’ll say it again: You cannot be under the Holy Spirit Influence and still be Lusting, and still be full of jealousy, and still be full of anger, hatred and bitterness.

If He is the One filling you, then your flesh has to be subject to the Holy Spirit.

Is that not so? – Yes!

… So, the Spirit-filled Life is when our flesh, our desires are yielded to the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Spirit-filled Life is when we Experience the Holy Spirit, and hear His Voice.

Joel in his Prophecy says: “Your sons and your daughters shall Prophesy.”

Now, when we hear these Phrases today, they don’t sound strange to us, because we have read them over and over.

But in those days, any Statement like that, would be a strange Statement – “Your sons and your daughters shall Prophesy.”

Are you serious?

Why? – Because in the Old Testament era, only a few People could Prophesy.

… Only a few People!

They were chosen by God, to hear from God.

It would be Moses who goes to hear from God; it would be Elijah who goes to hear from God; it would be Isaiah, who goes to hear from God; it would be Ezekiel who goes to hear from God or Joel himself, who goes to hear from God.

And because they were the ‘ONLY’ ones who could hear from God, after they had heard from God; they would come to the People and say: ‘Thus says the Lord!’

They were the only ones Who could say that, because they were the only ones who heard from God!

But God says a time is coming that this system would be cancelled. And instead of only a few People coming and telling you: ‘Thus says the Lord’;

“Your sons and your daughters shall hear from God and they can also hear what God is saying!”

What the Holy Spirit indicated is the time when somebody must tell you: ‘Thus says the Lord’ is over!

The sons and the daughters shall hear from God, and they shall declare the Word of the Lord they shall speak the Word of the Lord and the Word of the Lord will be in their mouth!

  1. A Spirit-filled Christian therefore, is one who has an Intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, and knows His Voice.

Jesus says He will teach you; He is with you, but He will be IN YOU. He will lead you into all Truth.

You cannot Outsource the hearing of God to a few People as in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, your sons and your daughters shall Prophesy.

Are you a son and a daughter of God?

Then it says you can hear from God and you can speak the Word of the Lord.

And then it says, not only shall they hear from God, they will speak! They will see Vision.

  1. The Spirit-filled Life is when the Holy Spirit helps us to see what God is doing IN US, and around us.

In the Old Testament, Ezekiel would stay with the People and he would say ‘I saw a Vision.’

And the People would say, ‘Brother, what did you see?’

… Because he would be the only one who sees it.

But God says, in the era we live in, God enables us to see what He is doing IN US, and around us.

“A Spiritual Vision is the ability to see Spiritual Realities.”

Jacob saw a Vision at Bethel (of the Heavens open). His Vision didn’t create it. It was already happening.

What the Vision did was to make him see what had already happened.

Joshua saw the Angel of the Lord just before the Battle of Jericho.

Elisha saw Vision of Chariots of Fire and Horses taking Elijah to heaven.

Elisha’s servant saw a Vision of a Mountain full of horses and Chariots of Fire.

… Each one or them saw what God was doing in the Realm of the Spirit.

So he says, in this time, when you are filled with the Spirit, you will also see what God is doing. And you can discern what God is doing, in the Realm of the Spirit.

The Visions they saw, was already happening.

There are things happening now (whether you see it or not), are happening because at this time, there are Angels in this Place!

The Bible says, the Angels of the Lord emcampes around the dwelling of the Righteous.

Wherever you go, there are Angels with you; when you come, there are Angels with you.

That is why when anybody sees a Vision of you, they should see Angels around you. Not demons around you! Because if you are a child of God, you are surrounded by the Angels of God; not Black Cats and Demonic Vultures.

… But God enables us to see!

May the Lord open your Spiritual Eyes, so you would see, you would discern what He is doing in your life and around you – Amen.

And then Joel says: “I will show wonders in the Heaven and in the Earth.”

  1. When we live the Spirit-filled Life, God showcases His Signs and Wonders through us.

This is what Peter says – He says everything that has happened is a fulfilment of what Joel Prophesied.


  1. He said, they will SEE VISIONS.

Did they see visions in the Upper Room? – Yes! They saw Cloven Tongues as of Fire.

  1. He said they will PROPHESY – They will hear from God and declare it

Did they hear from God? – Yes. They heard a Sound as of a Mighty Rushing Wind. And they spoke the Word of the Lord.

So, what Joel said would happen, happened exactly like that in the Upper Room – That experience is not gone!

The Holy Spirit did not come on the Day of Pentecost and then fly away! Because there are People who see the Holy Spirit as a Dove.

So it’s as if He just flew in on the Day of Pentecost and He is gone.

Remember, He doesn’t change location, He is everywhere! And this morning, the same Holy Spirit is here!

And just for a few minutes before we close, we are going to Pray. And I believe God will give you experiences with the Holy Spirit.

Are you ready for an experience with the Holy Spirit?

Let us rise up together as we Pray intensely.

  1. Lift up your hands to God and just say: LORD FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT; to the Overflow, Flow through me, Flow out of me.

Holy Spirit, fill me, I am thirsty for You! Fill me and flow out of me.

Begin to talk to the Lord in Prayer! – His Presence is real, His Power is real. There is a reality of the Holy Spirit this morning.

Fill Your people Oh Lord, to the Overflow. People watching Online or reading now on the Label of DMC; be filled with the Holy Spirit!

  1. And Pray and say: Heavenly Father, open my ears, open my eyes, to the Realm of the Spirit. Let me hear, let me see, let me speak the Words of Heaven, in the Name of Jesus.

… Begin to talk to the Lord!

Open my ears, open my eyes Lord; let there be an explosion of Spiritual Sensitivity.

May your Spiritual Eyes be opened; may your Spiritual ears be opened. May your Tongue be loosen, in the Name of Jesus.

Help me to hear, help me to see Oh Lord, in the Name of Jesus.

Be Spiritually Activated; your hearing activated, your Vision activated, your Feelings activated, by the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual Activation to take Place in the Realm of the Spirit, in the lives of God’s People, in the Name of Jesus.

  1. Finally, I want you to Pray and say: Lord, work Signs and Wonders through me. Miracles, Power, seen through me, out of me. Signs and Wonders, Testimonies coming out of me, in Jesus’ Name!

In the Name of Jesus, let there be Manifestations of Signs.

Supernatural Acts of God working in God’s People, in the Name of Jesus!


Father we seal up this Prayer: That from this moment, there will be Spiritual Activation in the lives of Your People.

There will be massive Outflows from Your People; Signs and Wonders, Supernatural Understanding, Supernatural Activation taking Place in Your people Oh Lord.

In Jesus’Name we Pray – Amen and AMEN!

Give God Praise Somebody! – Hallelujah!!!!

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