“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”-Acts 1:8
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Let’s focus on the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit this week. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Jesus Christ in Romans 8:9 and 1 Peter 1:11. Micah chapter 3 verse 8 refers to the Holy Spirit as the power of God.
You are blessed as a child of God in Ephesians 1:3 and you are so powerful because the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, lives in you- 1 Corinthians 6:19.
The Holy Spirit is your helper, teacher, counselor, intercessor, and comforter-John 14:16-18. Bible says those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God -Romans 8:14. You are never alone.
The Holy Spirit is God’s power
The Holy Spirit is synonymous with power. Power is simply defined as the ability to do things or cause an effect. The power you need to be effective as a child of God is not from shrines or does not emanate from some religious activities you undertake.
The power you need comes directly from the Holy Spirit who has empowered many people since creation. There are many scriptures in the Bible that confirm the Holy Spirit as the source of God’s power. Let’s take a look at some.
In the announcement of the birth of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is identified with the “power of the Highest…. “ in Luke 1:35.
After the baptism of Jesus Christ at the Jordan and subsequent fasting and temptation in the wilderness, Luke 4:14 reports that Jesus returned to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit,”.
While promising the Holy Spirit to His disciples in Acts 1:8, Jesus told them “ You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…”.
Before His ascension, Jesus asked the disciples to “tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”-Luke 24:49
In Acts 10:38, Peter recounts “ how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power….”
And in Acts 8:18, a sorcerer named Simon, attracted by the workings of the Holy Spirit, offered money to the disciples saying “Give me this power also,….”
The disciples of Jesus Christ were indeed powerful because they had the Holy Spirit living in and abiding with them-Acts 2:4. Peter, Paul, and others were bold in preaching, healing, and raising the dead-Acts 2:43 and 1 Thessalonians 2:2. They faced persecution, accusations, and even death fearlessly. In fact, the disciples were unstoppable as they turned the world upside down -Acts 17:6-7.
The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead
The power to do, demonstrated in the early disciples, is the same power that raised Christ from the dead -Romans 8:11. That power is available to all believers of today and it is what enables me to write these articles effortlessly and with so much joy.
It is the extraordinary power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:20 is a confirmation that the divine power of God is at work in every believer. He will make you accomplish great things. You will become more than you have ever dreamt or imagined -Ephesians 3:16-20.
The power of the Holy Spirit is not your own power. It’s God’s power living and working in every area of your life -1 Cor 2:12. It is an incomparable unlimited power for those who believe -Ephesians 1:19. Relying on your own strength may leave you in a mess.
David & Others
The power of the Holy Spirit has been around since creation. It was evident in the lives of some individuals in the Old Testament. They included Moses, Samson, Daniel, Joseph, Micah, and David.
The boy David was able to do what the whole army of Israel led by their Chief Commander Saul, was afraid to do. The Holy Spirit transformed David from a shepherd boy into a warrior, who killed Goliath. This was after the Philistine had tormented the Israel army for more than forty days-1 Samuel chapter 17.
Earlier in chapter 16, David had been anointed as King of Israel, and verse 13 states, “and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.”
What must I do?
I want you to know that you have the power to do inside of you. Yes, you! God has deposited in you, the ability, resources, skills, and many other gifts that should be put to use for your own benefit and for the benefit of the world. These include but are not limited to the following:
- The power to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to nations even to the ends of the world -Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20
- The power to gain insights and understanding of spiritual things- 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 , Ephesians 1:17
- The power to be intelligent, creative and skillful- Exodus 31:1-6
- The power to be bold and unafraid -Acts 4:31
- The power to demonstrate your spiritual gifts to the benefit of others -1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11
- The power to sustain your hope and confidence in the promises of God -Romans 15:13
- The power to endure weakness and suffering – Romans 8:26.
The Holy Spirit is the power to fulfill your God-given purpose in this lifetime.
Our perfect example Jesus Christ, was so determined to complete His assignment here on earth because He had the Holy Spirit. Scripture says Jesus was purposeful as He set His face to go to Jerusalem -Luke 9:51, undaunted even in the face of rejection – Luke 9:51-55 and was focused on reaching His goal -Luke 13:31-32.
You can reach your goal too!
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