In 1906, a small group of people were hungry for God in Los Angeles, California, and they began to pray daily. A year earlier, Charles Parham opened a Bible school in Houston, Texas. He had a black student, who was segregated from the rest of the church, and he would sit out on the steps and listen through the doorway to the Bible teachings. That humble black man’s name was William J Seymour. Seymour believed every word and took the teachings on Acts 2 to heart. Parham remarked about Seymour, “He is the most humble man I have ever met.”
While a small group of believers prayed in a little house at 214 Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, California, William J Seymour was learning ever more about the move of the Holy Ghost from the Word of God in Houston, Texas.
A woman from one of the prayer groups in California met Seymour in Houston one day and she was impressed with his Godliness. She recommended Seymour to a pastor in Los Angeles and Seymour was invited to pastor a church in LA. Seymour accepted the invitation.
Seymour preached about the gift of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, as described in Acts 2. The congregation was not accustomed to this teaching and Seymour was promptly locked out of the church.
Hospitality was given to Seymour by another Christian and Seymour began praying many hours each day for the direction of God. Other Christians started coming to the home where Seymour stayed to pray with him and the prayer meetings lasted most of the day. He moved to the home of a Christian couple at 214 North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, CA, and he began preaching to small groups of people every night.
On April 9, 1906, seven people at the meeting were filled with the Holy Ghost and fire, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, as the Holy Ghost gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Neighbors heard the commotion coming from the Bonnie Brae house and began to come to the nightly meetings and many others were filled with the Holy Ghost. Soon, word circulated about the revival at the small house on Bonnie Brae and crowds so huge gathered at the home, that the people decided to rent a larger building.
The meetings were moved to a large shamble of a building at 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, CA, which had recently been used as a stable. People came from all around to attend the profound revival on Azusa Street. Many were filled with the Holy Ghost there and miracles and healings took place during the revival, which continued every day for three years. The revival was held each and every day for three years straight, nonstop. It was not uncommon for the meetings to last from about 10 am to midnight. Something very profound was happening at the Azusa Street revival.
Offerings were never taken, but could be left at the door while exiting. Seymour never begged, pleaded, or intimidated people for money, but all of the bills were always paid! This is how God’s church operates; not like the flea market sales you are seeing on television, not like the usher who holds the offering plate under your nose waiting for money. God inspires Holy Ghost filled people to give their tithes and offerings, so “there may be meat in God’s house” Malachi 3:10.
If preachers preached the truth, as it is written in the Holy Word of God, they wouldn’t have to worry about how much people are going to give. The people would be inspired of God to give. Preaches have evolved to begging for money, because they don’t preach the WORD which inspires the people!
As the power of God moved, people would fall prostrate on the floor. They often got up speaking in other tongues. Many healings were documented during those days.
This move of God changed people, not only in Los Angeles, but throughout the US and the world. People went from these meetings filled with the zeal of God, being filled with the “Holy Ghost and fire” and they left that place eager to win souls.
Do you want a profound experience with God? You can have it, if you “tarry” for it. If you read Acts chapter 2, you will discover that the apostles and followers of Jesus, about 120, went to an upper room in Jerusalem and waited there for the gift of the Holy Ghost, as Jesus instructed them. The scriptures tell us they “tarried” there, until they were filled.
The Azusa Street revival was no different. People tarried in prayer every day, day in and day out, for months, until the Holy Ghost fell and revival hit Los Angeles, which then spread throughout the world.
You can have this experience too, if you are willing to say “goodbye” to the world and unGodliness, and commit yourself entirely to God. The Word of God tells us,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.
Most ministers today aren’t preaching this Word, the true Word of God today; they are preaching their own gospel, as Paul warned Timothy in God’s Word,
“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables” 2 Timothy 4:2-4.
Jesus said to His apostles before He ascended to heaven,
“And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the City of Jerusalem, until you are endowed with power from on high” Luke 24:49.
That message is the same for us today. How do we know the message is the same for us? If you read about the ministry of the apostles in the Book of Acts, you will know that the Holy Ghost is a gift freely given to all who believe and would like to receive it.
Paul said to certain believers in Ephesus,
“Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on Him who should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied” Acts 19:2-6.
Many people all over the world have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is the gift of God to all who believe, surrender their lives fully to Him, and ask for it.
Many people have also faked it; but if you receive the Holy Ghost, you will know beyond any doubt it is real, because it takes control of you and it is truly an overwhelming, undeniable experience.
When the 120 believers received the Holy Ghost in Jerusalem, they were accused by onlookers of “being drunk,” but Peter explained,
“There are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams; and on My servants and on My handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of My Spirit and they shall prophesy” Acts 2:15-18.
Read the Word of God daily, believe, and receive all that God has for you!
The Word of God tells us,
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” Matthew 5:6.
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