Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 19, 2017

Go In Power

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:34 pm

Acts 1:4 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (NIV)

  Jesus told His disciples to wait.  They were not to go make disciples until they received the Holy Spirit.  Working on our own power doesn’t accomplish much.  We may have all the intelligence and physical capability available but without the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit our work for God’s kingdom is in vain.  We can do all sorts of seemingly marvelous things in the material world but nothing in the spiritual world without the Holy Spirit.  The disciples were full of fear, even after seeing, talking, listening and eating with the resurrected Jesus.  Fear didn’t leave until they received the Holy Spirit.  It was then they were able to have faith instead of fear and speak the truth of God with boldness.  We can do all sorts of work of charity and all sorts of work in and through our churches but if we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us our work will be lacking.  It is imperative to ask for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit at the start of each day and depend on Him to give us wisdom and power for any task at hand.  Let us go forth in His power and wisdom making disciples throughout our homes, schools, churches, places of work, neighborhoods and the world.

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Power

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:22 am

Acts 1:8 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.” (NIV)

 Jesus said we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us.  This is one of the major reasons and purpose of the Holy Spirit in us.  It is to give us power to be Jesus’ witnesses in all the earth.  It’s nice to have the power to command sickness to leave a body but that isn’t our primary task.  We have been commanded to make disciples.  We have the power in the Holy Spirit to make disciples through our witness.  Our question is are we doing this?  We must each ask ourselves how many disciples have we made.  This is not the job of paid church pastors.  Their job is to feed us, the sheep of God’s flock.  Our job is to digest the food, go out from the church walls into the world and make disciples for Jesus.  We do this through the power of the Holy Spirit as He witnesses through us in our words and actions.  Let us go forth.  Let us not only digest the food of God’s word for our own growth.  Let us use it to feed the hungry and lost.  Let us make disciples for Jesus.

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