As we research the different episodes in the Bible, i.e., experiences, miracles, kingdom establishments, wars, healings, prophetic utterances, and the establishment of the early church, we find one common thread, one common denominator, and one consistent person — the Holy Spirit and His Power.
It is interesting to note how important the power of the Holy Spirit is for everything we were commanded to do by Christ. In other words, the power of the Spirit is vitally important to live the life that we claim to live as children of God. Without the Holy Sprit we have nothing but mere religion.
By now, in the 21st Century, the power of the Holy Spirit has been replaced (for the most part) by education, media, Christian entertainment and even theology. Please understand that I am not anti-any of these instruments for impacting society.
Education is a good thing — I have one, entertainment is good, I go to concerts, movies, and even use media for our praise and worship at church, and theology is one of my favorite subjects — the study of God.
However, all of these principles and tools are simply that — tools, they are not the Person of the Holy Spirit, nor where they made to replace the Spirit’s power. In other words, the Bible speaks of numerous ways God operated, including the church operated with the Fruit of the Spirit, the Gifts of the Spirit, the Word of God, etc. Yet, every one of these operations was not fulfilled without the Power of the Holy Spirit.
It is good to love our neighbor the way God loved them; it is good to see people miraculously healed (as we often see); it is great to have peace, joy, love, passion, vision, and much more, but not without the Power of the Holy Spirit.
In other words, our sermons, teachings, worship, prayer time, and kingdom living, must be done with the Power of the Holy Spirit and not with other great means.
Paul reminds the church in Corinth, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Cor 2:4-5 (KJV)
If it was important to the Apostle Dr. Paul, to Jesus, as stated in Luke 4:14 (KJV) “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:…” then it must also be important for us, believers, to walk, live and function in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let us remember to never replace the power of the Spirit with out skills, talents, abilities, and equipping, for the world depends on the power of the Spirit, which will then give you and impart unto you God’s plan, agenda, will, and equipping for every good work. This is how God’s calling for us in life is advanced.
Make it a Great Day!