The Power Of The Holy Spirit
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NKJV).
God is calling His church (you and me) to be bold in partnering with the Holy Spirit and to step out of our comfort zone. Listening to Him and hearing His voice on behalf of others causes us to move in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. In Acts, when the church was empowered with the Holy Spirit, they did not just gather together and have a great prayer meeting. They also went out and allowed themselves to be used mightily in the newly received power.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).
The Holy Spirit is calling us to function in the gifts of the Spirit beyond the walls of the local church and our gatherings. Jesus and the apostles demonstrated this in their ministries. The gifts were seldom used in the synagogues, but was used on the streets and wherever the need arose. Our comfort zone would be in our gatherings, yet there is a greater call from the Lord to use the gifts of the Spirit in the work place, schools, in our daily routine and in our neighborhoods.
To be full of the Spirit is to be the transforming presence in a dark and broken world (Jude 1:17-22). Talking about it or having intellectual discussions, although that is good, is not enough. We are called into a daily lifestyle that becomes normal, as Jesus and the apostles demonstrated. They touched people and transformed a world—not because of beliefs, arguments or being meeting-focused—but by living a lifestyle in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Be encouraged; be bold to live out the lifestyle God has called His church to, being a person full of the Holy Spirit. “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20).