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The Man of Power, part 1
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Traditionally this verse has been looked upon in two ways: one perspective is that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an empowerment to do witnessing. The other perspective is that it is an empowering to be what you cannot be on your own.
A few weeks back week we looked at the issue of doing witnessing. The Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 in the upper room. Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
Immediately after this experience, Peter went out and preached the Gospel - and 3000 were saved and baptized that day! That was a great display of the power to do witnessing and to bring in the harvest. However, this week I want us to look at the other endowment, and that’s the power to be (what we cannot be) on our own. This endowment is a large part of the "more" God has for us, as New Testament believers, and longs for us to receive and live in.
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” The truth of the matter is that that should be our objective. We should desire to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Our problems usually stem from wanting power for ourselves rather than to be strong in the Lord. To anyone with a conscious capacity for anything greater than what they currently possess, the subject of power and how it is acquired is a very compelling subject.
I’ve come to realize that this is the dilemma that many Christians face, the desire to gain something greater than what they currently possess. If you are a Christian, then you already possess salvation. However, if you have no desires greater than that, then you will simply become content with the idea of going to heaven one day and will do very little more than that for the Kingdom of God. (That’s like being content to be married without having any driving desire to develop a deeper relationship with your spouse.)
Here is where I need you (us) to think a little bit. The desire to acquire is not what needs to be harnessed in our lives, but rather that which enables us to reach what we desire. That which enables us to reach our objectives is what we call power. When Satan tempted Eve, he tapped into her desire for advancement in knowledge; and then he supplied the means or power to obtain it.
So the question needs to be asked, “Was it wrong for Eve to desire more knowledge?” Probably not; the desire for something isn’t the issue as much as what it takes to attain the things we desire. Power is that of attaining the things we desire. When God sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, He sent us the means or the power to attain the things we desire. In our case, the things we should desire are more of the things of God. We should desire the deeper life with God.
Medication: A Merry Heart: USELESS INVENTIONS
10. Black highlighter
9. Braille driver’s manual
8. Clear correction fluid
7. Fake rhinestones
6. Inflatable dart board
5. Mesh umbrella
4. Motorcycle air conditioner
3. Sugar-coated toothpaste
2. Super-glue Post-It notes
1. The system that allows you to report power failures via the Internet
God Bless, Press On!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Hebrews 13:8 ESV
Today’s readings: Ezekiel 44 – 45