POWER

Power
(Acts
1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
This
morning we continue our journey towards Knowing God. Yesterday I discussed
authority and I used the movie example of the authority of the
deputized. Although it is true that the deputy can get most issues
resolved with the authority that the badge provides him, there are some circumstances
that require a weapon. Likewise, Jesus would not give us the uniform and
the badge (the Blood) without also issuing us our weapon (the Holy
Spirit). In both our text from yesterday (Luke 9:1) and our text for this
morning, the word translated power is the Greek word dunamis. This is
the root word for our English word dynamite. Like dynamite, it is loaded
and explosive, but only when ignited. Dynamite can be stored safely for
years without it ever doing anything. If the dynamite is ever ignited,
however, then it immediately affects itself and its environment. The atmosphere
around the dynamite feels the affects of the blast and is impacted by its
power. 
So
what does this mean to you today?  A few things:
1. 
God has given us both the right (authority) and the power.
2. 
We receive this power (dynamite power) when we receive God’s Holy Spirit.
3. 
The Power of the Holy Spirit has the propensity to affect us and everything
around us, but if not ignited, it can remain dormant for years.
4. 
One of the benefits that we have as Born-Anew (Again) believers is this power
that can change us and help change those around us. This power gives us
the ability to effectively witness (share the gospel) in the midst of difficult
circumstances.
5. 
God would never equip us with this power if He did not intend for us to use
it. We must use it to help bring about change in our lives and then allow
that change to be exhibited to others  —  so that they can
experience the same.
6. 
Information is the first step, but if not coupled with Application, it will
never bring about change in your life. Now that you know you have access
to Life-Changing power, in the Holy Spirit, what are you going to do about
it? Will you go on with life as usual, or will you ask the Father, in the
name of Jesus, to unleash this power to bring about change in your life and the
lives of others?
7. 
Paul taught us (Eph 3:20) God can do anything, you know  —  far more
than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does
it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and
gently within us. The key here is that the Holy Spirit is WITHIN
us. We don’t need to wait on anything else.  We received everything
we would every need when we received the Holy Spirit. 
If you always do what you always did you will always get what
you always got.  Are you ready for a change?
Confession
for this day: Lord
God. I am a Born-Again believer. I understand my benefits and I stake
claim to those benefits today. You have given me the Power, in the Holy
Spirit, to bring about change in my life. I tap into that power and
pronounce that I am delivered from every yoke of bondage and walk in freedom
and liberty. I also share this liberty with others, that they may receive
it as well. I will never be the same. In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

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