Sunday, October 11

The power of the Spirit

Scripture: Nehemiah 7-8, Acts 1

Acts 1:8 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.”

Observation

The disciples were still asking Jesus if He was going to restore Israel—their nationalistic dreams were still front and center.  Jesus told them that was not their business, and then gave them their business in v. 8.  The Holy Spirit would come upon them and empower them to be His witnesses everywhere.  They were to tell everyone everywhere about Jesus—starting where they were, in Jerusalem; then to region around Jerusalem, in Judea; then beyond Judea to Samaria; and finally to the ends of the earth.  This is a geographic outline of the book of Acts—this is exactly what they did.  

Application

Here is our mission and the power to accomplish it!

When we are full of the Holy Spirit, we are full of love, joy, peace and the other fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23).  Our lives become a powerful witness to the presence of Jesus.  Catholic theologian Teilhard d’Chardin wrote, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.”  Later in Acts it says the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and joy.  We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit!  We need the presence and power of God in our lives!  He is the power we need to live like Jesus and to do the work Jesus asks us to do.  “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”  Come, Holy Spirit!  We need you!

When you are full of the Spirit, you splash Him all over others when you bump into them!  “Telling everyone everywhere about Jesus” comes naturally when you are filled with the Spirit.  

Prayer: Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit today—over and over.  I need You!