Words of Encouragement

 

But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world." 

[Acts 1:8 – Contemporary English Version]

 

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. 

[Acts 1:8 – Amplified Bible]

 

Why do you think Jesus would say the above-referenced scripture to His disciples?  He had already told them in John Chapter 14:15-18 that when He ascended back to the Father, He would send the Holy Spirit – the Comforter, the One who would lead them into all truth.  The Holy Spirit would endow them with power and authority to bring glory to God’s name on the earth.  They saw the blinded eyes open; they saw Lazarus raised from the dead after four days.  They saw the feedings of both the 4,000 and the 5,000.  They even saw Jesus speak and water was turned into wine – all those things were miraculous! Every miracle He performed the disciples were basically right there with Him.  They had seen Him keep His promise of rising from the dead in three days.  Why then would Jesus be repetitious?  He knew that without the power – the Holy Spirit – there would be no spiritual power.  We are living in a time when power is exhibited in every arena.  Whether it is to get a certain basketball player for your team, to buy a car dealership, getting a singing contract for your daughter/son, etc. – power is wielded all around us.  However, spiritual power – could come only by way of the Holy Spirit, living on the inside of the vessel yielded to God.  Jesus knew that without the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them, the disciples would be no match for satan – so He reminded them of the Holy Spirit who was yet to come. 

 

Let’s look at power in the earth realm.  In the earth realm when someone has the power they can make major decisions and not even be questioned.  Here’s an example:  A sheriff sees an 18 wheeler driving at 80 miles per hour, puts his siren on, and signals for that 18 wheeler to stop.  Technically, that 18 wheeler can keep going and not acknowledge that sheriff, but know for a fact that the driver and the company He represents stands the chance of getting into a lot more trouble than if the driver pulled over and acknowledged the sheriff.  The power that the sheriff is operating in, is the power given to him by the Government.  He knows the driving that car and the wearing of that badge are far more powerful than any 18 wheeler because He was given the power and the authority to stop anyone operating outside of the confines of the law. 

 

How does that relate to you in this present time?  If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then Acts 1:28 is speaking directly to you.  You have the power – to do greater things – in this earth realm by the Holy Spirit that is living on the inside of you.  You have the power the stop the devil in his tracks.  The devil is counting on the fact that you don’t know or even understand the power that comes with the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you.  If you ever need to yield yourself to the power of the Holy Spirit, now is the time.  Presently, we are experiencing devastating weather conditions around the world, we are seeing more and more nations rising up against each other, debt is in the trillions.  It is the Holy Spirit’s power than can heal the sick and disease, raise the dead, open blinded eyes, cause the lame to walk.  The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.  You are anointed to preach the Good News.  It is the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you that is ushering in the wealth transference so that houses can be built for the poor, the sick can be visited and cared for and the hungry can be fed.  Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “And the King will reply to them, truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me.”  Let's use the power God has given us and take back the world for God. 

 

I encourage you today to recognize the power that you have been given.  I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to do God’s work through you.

 

Prayer

Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for reminding me of the power of the Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of me.  I decree and declare that I will yield myself to your Precious Holy Spirit so that all You have called and ordained for me to do in the earth realm, will be done, Amen.