Jesus told the disciples before He ascended up to heaven “But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you”.
Every believer needs to be filled with the Spirit of God to do the work of God. I need the power of God. You need the power of God. And this is precisely what we receive when we are filled with Holy Spirit. It is from Him that we receive power and it is then that the weak can say I am strong (Joel 3:10).
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a victorious life. We do not have it in ourselves. Other religions tell you that you have the power in you; they tell you to find your inner self or inner strength. But that is not so. A. W Tozer gave this example – … if there were four or five lions coming at you, you would never think of saying to a little French poodle, “Wake up the lion in you.” That would not work–it would not be enough. They would chew the little fellow up and swallow him, haircut and all, because a French poodle just isn’t sufficient for a pack of lions. Some power outside of himself would have to make him bigger and stronger than the lion if he were to conquer.
And so it is with us. We are as helpless and hopeless to fight against the enemy without the Holy Ghost. As the Scripture says, it is through God that we shall do valiantly; because it is He who will tread down our foes.David says, “The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path. He made my feet like the feet of deer, and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” – 1 Samuel 22:33-35
God clothes me with strength
God has widened the path
God has made my feet swift like the deer
God has made me secure in the heights
God has trained my hands for war
God has made my arms strong to bend the bow of bronze
The Holy Spirit fills us with might and power. It was the Holy Spirit infilling that gave the disciples the courage to stand up and proclaim the Lord Jesus in the face of persecution and death. It was the Holy Spirit that enabled Stephen to preach to the Sanhederin even while they were making plans to kills him. It was through the Holy Spirit that Paul rebuked demons and set a girl free.If you go out without the power of the Holy Spirit you will be like the sons of Sceva who tried to exorcise demons. “And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
The answer to this week’s question:
Hut, Cucumbers (Isaiah 1:8b)