“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
There is a foundational truth that every Christian has to come to terms with before he or she can have an effective ministry, and it is simply this:
All your power comes from the Holy Spirit.
- He does the sanctifying and convicting (1 Peter 1:2)
- He opens the unbeliever’s heart and mind (Romans 8:11, John 3:5)
- He ushers in spiritual revival (Acts 2:4)
- He fuels prayer and worship (Romans 8:26)
- He is the source of spiritual vitality (John 16:13-16)
Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles, there would have been no Pentecost, no mass revival, no healings of blind and lame people, and no Church. There would have been no book of Acts either, and I would not be writing this devotional right now.
One of our gravest mistakes as believers is convincing ourselves we no longer need the Holy Spirit. With our innovative technology, systematised programs, and marketing strategies, we think we can carry out the work of evangelism and discipleship just fine.
Frankly, that lie comes straight from hell, and the smoke of it has been suffocating the evangelical church in the UK for too long.
I firmly believe that every disciple who stood on the mountaintop that day in Acts 1:8, understood their need for the Spirit’s power and presence. They recognised that their own willpower, intellect, and strength of conviction would prove inadequate.
If were to lose all the power in your home in the middle off the night and everything went off, it would have a negative effect on your home. Through the long, uncomfortable hours of darkness, you soon I discover that no matter how much I had paid for my appliances – washer, dryer, refrigerator, oven, and microwave – they are useless without a source of power. Without electricity, they are worth about as much as the cardboard boxes they had arrived in!
We are a lot like those appliances, aren’t we? But the Holy Spirit is far more than an electrical power box. He isn’t just some outlet we tap into whenever we decide it’s time to perform some good deed. He is a Person; He is God.
In order to carry out the mission of Acts 1:8 – to be God’s witnesses in our spheres of influence – we must receive the power of the Spirit by submitting to the Person of the Spirit. How? By saturating our speech in prayer and rooting our actions in submission to God. It’s that simple – though it isn’t always easy.
You do not need to plead for the Holy Spirit to descend upon you today – He is already here! By faith and deeds you simply need to receive Him and daily submit to His authority; let Him do the work through you as you obey the call of Christ in the 21st century.