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 ~ Acts 1:8.
Power is a special, peculiar and distinctive prerogative of God (Psalm 62:11). Nothing moves except as God directs. Nothing happens except as He permits, and nothing can be except as He allows. Our God is the Almighty, and only He rules in the affairs of nations (Psalms 103:19; Daniel 4:17).
Contrarily, man remains human, no matter the level of grace, positions or privileges made available to him. He is spiritually frail, fragile and weak, and he faces daily daunting challenges from invisible quarters. Hence, man will always require the assistance and the empowerment of the Spirit of God to be adequately fortified amidst the uncertainties of life.
About 2,000 years ago, a momentous event occurred: the New Testament Church was founded on the day of Pentecost. What made this occurrence so astounding, unforgettable and truly dramatic was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ as He had promised (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14).
Unfortunately, today, most people have become quite oblivious to the personality, the ways and the workings of the Holy Spirit, and as a result, they neither recognize nor partake of the power He imparts on our world.
Understanding the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Almighty God, and the third member of the Godhead. He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14), omnipotent (Luke 1:35), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7) and omniscient (1Corinthians 2:10,11). He is invisible and immaterial, yet the Most Powerful Entity, whose tremendous influence upon our lives and destinies cannot be downplayed or ignored.
The Holy Spirit is the Wind of Ages (Acts 2:1-4). He blows as He chooses, moves as He wishes, and nobody can question His authority when He enlists anyone for His special powers, blessings, honour and anointing (John 3:8).
Ezekiel was operating under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit when he received an instruction to prophesy to the Wind. He obeyed, and the inexplicable happened: out from the valley of dry bones came forth an exceeding great army (Ezekiel 37:1-10).
Again, the early apostles were all spiritually weak before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But things changed dramatically and rapidly afterwards, particularly after the Pentecost day experience.
Holy Ghost and Ultimate Power are synonymous in the realm of the spirit. His power is the explosive spiritual dynamite or force that comes from God upon the believers at the instance of the Holy Spirit, which empowers them for incredible works, miracles, might and virtue in their operations.
Whenever the Holy Spirit is fully involved, He doesn’t hide or pull back in shame. He rather fearlessly pushes through until the desired wonders are birthed (2 Timothy 1:6-7). And, much more like a tornado in the course of His operations, the Holy Ghost is very devastating to the kingdoms of hell.
Everyday can be exciting for any Christian who knows that sweet reality of being filled with the Holy Ghost, and who lives constantly, moment-by-moment, under His directions. Indeed, His directions always lead to distinctions.
The Universal Cry for the Power of the Holy Spirit
Today as ever, there is a universal cry for power; even though some of the “criers” cannot even articulate what exactly they are crying for. Undoubtedly, this cry is for the hope that is available only in the gospel for any man, so long as he lives (Matthew 10:7-8; 1 Thessalonians 1:5). But, this hope is also tied to the Infinite Power of the Holy Spirit, to bring help to our world (Ephesians 5:18).
Jesus Christ clearly inferred that the Holy Spirit is utterly connected with power (Luke 24:49). He said the descent of the Holy Spirit would result in the disciples being wrapped up with God’s power, predicting that they would then serve God in His own roles upon the earth (John 20:21).
We are the ones called and chosen as Christ’s ambassadors, witnesses and representatives upon the earth today (John 20:21). However, we cannot fit these roles effectively by our own skills, social positions and acquisitions, but only in the demonstration of the Holy Ghost power. Therefore, pursuing or operating in the power of the Holy Ghost is not an option, but a clear divine imperative for the believers.
The Works of the Holy Spirit Then and Now
The Holy Spirit is the Very Presence of God’s power that works actively in His people, and any man that wishes to see great accomplishments on earth must rely heavily upon His power. Even Jesus Christ ministered in that power (Luke 4:14-15; Acts 10:38). It is only in Him and through Him that we can find answers to all the complex questions in the world today.
The Holy Spirit is the One who enables desirable changes in the lives of men (1Samuel 10:6). He incubates power for inexplicable and undeniable miracles (Luke 1:35). He imparts boldness to make His men valuable, vocal, vital and valid witnesses of the power of God (Acts 1:8). He also reveals future events, gives power for discernment, unfolds the mysteries of God and testifies against sin (Amos 3:7; 2 Kings 17:13).
Meanwhile, I confirm that all the miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus Christ did in his earthly mission were to make people believe the gospel (Matthew 12:38; John 6:30). He even said people won’t believe except they see signs (John 4:48). This is the heart reason why we, the believers today, must pursue the full enablement of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17).
Beloved, I reasonably assume that you want to start operating in the fresh power of the Holy Ghost for higher performances. If yes, then, the price is in a renewed experience of the Pentecostal infilling (Acts 4:31-33). You must choose to glorify God with this power in all your walks of destiny, and honestly abstain from sin, crying passionately for His grace to be ever relevant to His plans for the ages.
Be reminded that there are so many lion-like beings on the various paths of destiny (1 Peter 5:8). But, there is also plenty of honey in the lion, if only you kill the lion by the power of the Holy Spirit before thinking of eating the honey (Judges 14:5-14).
Friends, tear every lion of intimidation and distraction in the power of the Holy Ghost, and go for the honey (Ephesians 6:10-11). Swing to a lifestyle of accord with the Spirit, yielding fully to Him; He will suddenly appear unto you and through you to change your world for the better, in Jesus Name. Amen. Happy Sunday!
- Bishop Taiwo Akinola,
Rhema Christian Church,
Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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