Message for June 17, 2012


Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Many Christians experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and begin to live like this power was just for them to be used for themselves. That is not the reason God wants us full with His Spirit. ** Jesus had just┬ásaid, “It is not yours to know the future (1:7), but it is yours to receive the Spirit’s power.” With these words He makes three points:

1. The Holy Spirit is the Person and the Power by which assistance and ability are given for serving, for sharing the life and power of God’s kingdom with others. It has been given to “witness” to others. That power is not to edify myself. Praying in tongues will “build you up” (Jude 20) you but the power “gifts” are for the body.

2. The Holy Spirit’s power must be “received.” It is not an automatic experience. As surely as the Holy Spirit indwells each believer (Rom. 8:9) so surely will He fill and overflow (John 7:37-39) each who receive the Holy Spirit in childlike faith. Ask for it.

3. When the Holy Spirit fills you, you will know it. Jesus said it and the disciples found it true. (Acts 1:5, 2:1-4)

Have you received the Holy Spirit? (Acts 19:1-6) You may, for the promise is as fully yours today as at any time in the past (Acts 2:38-39).

How much will New Life grow if we utilize this Power of the Holy Spirit to witness to the world around us?


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