by Pastor David Grey
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8
After His resurrection, Jesus showed himself to more than 500 of his disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
During this time, he emphasized the importance of waiting for the Holy Spirit, whom he had promised before to send in his place.
With the Holy Spirit would come the power the disciples would need — power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth and power that would enable them to live the holy lives.
As the Holy Spirit indwelt each one he would give the ability (power) to walk victoriously over sin. As they walked in the Spirit, they would live as Jesus did, having a foretaste of the final victory that would come when at last they passed into his presence.
They waited and we know the result. They were indeed filled with the Spirit and with power and in that power turned the world upside down for Christ. The gospel spread throughout the known world in a remarkably short time.
Where is that power in the church today? Where is that miracle working power? And I do not mean the power that so many crave as they seek signs and wonders. Jesus said that it is an evil generation that seeks a sign (Luke 11:29).
I am talking about the power of the Spirit that results in holy living and the conversion of souls. The power of the Spirit that results in joyous, sacrificial service to the Master.
The power that enables Christians to thrive, their lives setting a standard of purity and holiness for all the world to see.
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