God has promised His Holy Spirit to His people. The presence of the Spirit brings believers power. So what are you doing with the power you’ve been given?
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 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.
Power to Persuade
The angel who announced the birth of John to his father, Zacharias, said that he would be filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. The result of this would be that he would turn many of the children to the Lord their God. The Spirit’s fullness gave John power to call people back to God.
Power to Preach the Gospel
Christ had been tempted in the wilderness. He returned victorious and Spirit-filled. In His first message after His return, He explained the purpose of the power. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…”
Power to Be Witnesses
Christ talked to the apostles about the coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He said that the Spirit’s arrivial would give them power to be witnesses. God wants you to have His power. God wants to fill you with His Spirit. But what’s the point. In each of the passages we’ve looked at, the point was to empower people to proclaim God’s Word. Why should God empower you if you won’t use the power to accomplish His purpose?
What About You?
- God has commanded you to be Spirit-filled (Eph. 5:18). Are you?
- Are you fulfilling the purpose of being Spirit-filled – being a witness?