As born again believers, we have our sins washed away in baptism and we are given the promise of God’s Holy Spirit as a gift. This is not merely a gift to be enjoyed but it is the indwelling of God himself within us to give us power. There are varying ideas of power and in the world there is a constant pursuit for power. However, the power that humanity needs the most is the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to have joy, peace and hope that transcends human circumstances as Romans 15:13 tells us; “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
We are enabled to fulfill God’s calling to witness Acts 1:8 tells us that “…ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….”
He helps and comforts us (John 14:16-17). He will guide us in to all truth, (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit gives us the strength and authority to stand firm in trials and temptations (Eph 3:16-17). The Spirit of God empowers us with gifts and supernatural ability to help others and bless the Church. (1 Cor 12, Eph 4:11-12)
However, the greatest empower that we can receive is when on that great day, even after we have passed this life, we will be resurrected to ever be with God, should the rapture tarry.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (Romans 8:11-12 )
The secret for the power for living is found in verses 13-14 of Romans 8:
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
To have the power of God’s spirit active in our lives, we must die to the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Yield our hearts, emotions, mind, lifestyle, habits, routine, bodies and lives to the Spirit of God and we will release His power.
This month I challenge you to be filled with the Spirit and to walk therein like never before. To realize that it is the Spirit of Jesus Christ who fights our battles and gives us the victory.
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.