The Power of the Holy Spirit
There is no secret formula that makes the Spirit’s power operational in our lives. Scripture tells us that the Spirit dwells and operates in us. We have to learn by experience through interaction with God to understand how that dynamic works.
The Holy Spirit gave power to:
- Joseph to rule over Egypt
- Joshua military power
- Prophets to speak prophetic words
- Gideon to lead
- Samson to fight
- Jesus to be raised from the dead
- Disciples to change the world
Jesus promised His disciples He would fill them by the Holy Spirit. Throughout history the Holy Spirit gave power to His people. The power that was available to everyone who we look up to in the word of God, is still available to us today. All those who have placed their faith in Christ are immediately and permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
“Behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”Luke 24:49
(Endued means to be clothed, put on, to sink in clothing)
Do you every feel like there are people who have more spiritual power than you? It is not “more” power but rather more surrender to the power. We need to allow ourselves to be submerged in the Spirit. Most Christians are struggling in their walk because they are doing it in their own strength and not through the power available to them.
And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.Romans 8:11
The spirit of God gives us the power to live a supernatural life in a natural world. Those who are saved, in Christ, are absolutely and totally free from any threat of condemnation.
Acts 1:8| But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
(Dynamis power: Power for performing miracles. Moral power and excellence of soul Power and influence that belong wealth and riches. Power and resources arising from numbers. Power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts.)
The Holy Spirit power is only released when we take a leap of faith and allow Him to work. When we embrace the power of the Holy Spirit we are empowered for life and ministry.