Tuesday, June 21, 2011
After 3 and a half years of training and apprenticing His disciples, Jesus told them to wait for one more thing, POWER!
In Acts 1:4 Jesus instructs once more; "...wait for the Promise from the Father... you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit..."
Then in verse 8 He continues, "You shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses... even to the ends of the earth."
I think it is a great lesson for us today, that even after all our training, studying, reading, and mentoring, we still need power, Holy Spirit power! Jesus tells us wait UNTIL we receive power, and many believers wait after they receive the power... or step out without the Holy Spirit's power, which can be tragic. To try to represent Jesus and act on His behalf without the same power that Jesus relied upon will lead to dangerous ground, and failure.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 Refers to those "... having a form of godliness, but no power, from such turn away". Because of the lack of power, all kinds of fleshly desires will manifest and cause terrible times to flourish! Not a good scene. These disciples failed because they were all talk but no walk. Walking the walk takes Holy Spirit power, talking the talk isn't enough in the days we live. We can be guilty of the same thing today... just sharing the promises of the word through our talk, but failing to demonstrate the power through our walk! Jesus help us to not be deceived!
The great thing is we never have to stay where we are, "we can do all things through Christ, who gives us the POWER!" Phil.4:13
One of the lessons I have learned over the years of serving Christ is... THERE IS POWER IN PRAISE!
Psalm 8:2 tells us so... "out of the mouth of babes God has ordained praise because you have enemies that need to be defeated, that they may be silenced through your power in praise!" Your enemies will not hang around listening to the praises of God... Praise shuts the enemies mouth, so start praising God for His goodness.
Today if you lack the power to overcome, start praising Him until you receive power from on high, the Most High!
Blessings friend, Karl