My wife and I have a toddler. Over the past two months, we spent several weeks hoping that he’d start walking. Now that he has started, we spend days reflecting on the time when he was stationary.
He’s reached a point where he gets into everything. Anything on or near the floor is fair game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that he’s beginning to explore and discover new things. But that comes with a cost: baby proofing. Corners of tables, cabinets, dishwasher, door handles. You name it, we’re baby proofing it. Of particular importance are the numerous power outlets we have around our place. We purchased several outlet plug covers to prevent him from “tapping into” a power source. Sadly, the enemy has done the same thing to many believers.
To prevent exploration and the potential of tapping into God’s power source, the enemy has trivialized the importance of God’s Spirit in the lives of believers.
To put it bluntly, there are outlet plug covers on churches worldwide.
“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” (Acts 1:8b) (NKJV)
These are Jesus’ last words recorded in scripture. Over 2,000 years have passed since he spoke those words. Yes, men and women “hear from the Lord” all the time. And yes, Jesus still speaks to us. But there’s just something special about these words. They reassure us that Jesus left us with two things…power and witness.
We all love to hear about power. Please understand though:
It’s impossible to yield power without first yielding to his Spirit.
Jesus tells the believers in Acts, “The task I have for you is impossible…in your own power. You can’t do this alone. Not by power, nor by might, but by my Spirit.” No wonder the psalmist was adamant about God not taking his Spirit away from him. The power of the Spirit created an inner witness in these believers. And that inner witness created an outer witness that impacted the world. An outer witness that demonstrated the last task Jesus assigned his followers…be witnesses to the end of the earth.
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