People want power! Car power and computer power. Also, organizations and countries want power! Political, economic and military power. Power is defined as the ability to act or produce effectively. The capacity to control, direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. These definitions truly describe the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “… but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
Acts chapter 2 tells us that the first believers receive a mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. There is no doubt that these men and women were impregnated with the power of the Holy Spirit. A supernatural power in order to fulfill the mission Jesus entrusted them. This power guided the early Christians to carry out inexplicable things, to live a life that did not make sense to the culture that surrounded them and to spread the story of grace throughout the world.
Is this power available for us today? Jesus promise of the Spirit out-poured was not only for the first century believers, but also for every believer in every age. Acts 2:39 “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord our God will call.” So, when we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, the Power of the Almighty God dwells in us in the person of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13-14 “And now you have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.”
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Through the Holy Spirit we receive the spirit of adoption as children. Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” That leads us to an intimate relationship with God instead of a relationship based on fear and slavery. Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OURSELVES
The heart of this person wins the battle against the envy, jealousy, bitterness and resentment. This person enjoys the peace of God and it’s always moved with his love. The power of the Holy Spirit delivers us from the internal conflict between our will and the will of God. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” The power of the Holy Spirit brings an end to our striving for prominence, possessions and position. We are no longer driven by our own will, but by the will of God.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS
The power of the Holy Spirit liberates us from the barriers that cause disunity and conflict. Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Releases us from the bondage of individualism. Fills us with love for others and with the spirit of acceptance and service that characterized Jesus.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS US TO TESTIFY AND TO SERVE
In the midst of terrible persecution and hardship, these early believers were able to stay focused on God instead of their own situation. As a result, regardless of their personal circumstances, they were able to live with joy. The early Christians didn’t attend church, they WERE the Church; an active and energized body of believers equipped to change the world. Acts 4:33 “God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”
The power of the Holy Spirit, who was working in those men and women, is in us, and can do the same through us. The power of the Holy Spirit works in us, moves us, equips us and empowers us, so we can communicate God’s love to the world.
Pastor Norberto Obermann