You know, when things are just going wrong, and everything I try to do turns into a disaster. Can you relate to that feeling??
As human beings, we consistently try to do things on our own. We try to fix our problems, we try to save other people who don’t want to be rescued, we try to right all the wrongs in the world. For some strange reason, it always ends up in disaster.
In the book of Acts, Jesus is preparing to step away from his season here on earth. When out of nowhere, he gives his disciples a very specific order.
Acts 1:4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
“Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
In no uncertain terms, Jesus instructs his followers to stay in Jerusalem until God has delivered the gift of the Holy Spirit to them.
Then he goes on to say;
“So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.
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.”
Jesus Instructs them to wait, because he clearly knows that the human apostles couldn’t possibly do the work he had left them with, unless they were EMPOWERED or enabled to do what they humanly could not.
In chapter 2, we see the disciples filled (or baptized) with the power of the Holy Spirit, which gave them the ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world, even though he had gone.
Geez, How great would it be, if we had that same empowerment in our lives today??
You see, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit was not just available to the New Testament Church. It is a gift Given to all of us, paid for by the atonement and delivered by the power of prayer.
I have witnessed the the Holy Spirit change lives right before me. I have watched children overcome with tears in their eyes, praying in languages they do not know. I have seen teenagers healed of ailments that they have been dealing with for years. My entire life has was rerouted by a move of the Holy Spirit that repaired my fractured marriage, and called our family into ministry.
The power of the Holy Spirit is alive and moving in our culture. However most people aren’t impacted by it because they refuse to believe it’s real.
I know, I was one of them.
Ok Jeff, that’s all good. But How do I get this power??
It requires life change.
#1. Humble yourself before God. Tell Him that you believe he is who he said he was and will do what he promised. Ask him to forgive you for your sins and to fill you with his spirit.
#2. Read the scripture. I know, the bible is sometimes hard to read and boring. There are several good paraphrased versions that make it really easy to understand. Everything you could ever want to know about who God is, and why Jesus came is in there. It’s our “Owner’s Manual” for life. You will never truly know Jesus unless you read his word.
#3. Get connected with a good bible teaching church. Surrounding yourself with Spirit filled believers is one of the benefits of a relationship with Jesus. You need folks to speak into you, cry with you and pray with you. The idea of the church is to edify and build each other up. Fellowship is important.
#4. Ask God to EMPOWER YOU!!! Give you boldness and a fresh new outlook on life! (Get ready, this one will change you forever)
#5. Live it. Don’t be afraid to live what you are learning. Be to others who Jesus was. This one is going to be difficult. People may think you lost your mind. That you have gone crazy.
#6. Stay focused and pray a lot. This relationship doesn’t work without prayer. Tell God how you are feeling, whats going on. He cares, and will deliver.
Holy Spirit empowerment will change who you are, you won’t be the same again. But submitting yourself to the love and compassion of Jesus will be the best decision you ever make.
Got questions? I would love to hear from you.
Till next week,