“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you“
Over the next few blogs, I will be looking at the power of God, the peace that God offers us, how we become patient in an impatient world, and finally how perseverance is how we make it through.
I love reading Paul’s letters all throughout the New Testament. He is a true faithful man of God; following Him to the very end. He has this powerful transformation from killing Christians, to literally stoping in the middle of the road, to being a redeemed child of God. He experienced the Power of God, received Peace, which allowed him to be Patient, in order to Persevere to the very end.
Power, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the ability or right to control people or things.” In the world we live in there are examples of power everywhere. One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of power is a really strong man in a weight-lifting competition. The grunt that he (or she) takes right as they are lifting the dumbbell over their head. Then I also think of world leaders and how they have this power over people to make decisions that will effect their nation. But then I think about how many meetings they have to attend in order to make that decision. They have to consult all these people. Is that really power?
Sure the weight-lifter has power over the weight being lifted, and world leaders have power over people; but I don’t think these are great examples of power. There’s only one ultimate example of Power and that is God. He created the universe from nothing (Genesis 1-2). He created you and me from dust (Genesis 1-2). His Son defeated death (Luke 24:1-12). To me, that is Power. The power God has doesn’t require a grunt or a meeting with the cabinet in order for his power to be demonstrated. His power is ultimate and it’s living in anyone who believes in Him.
In Acts chapter 1 verse 8, Christ says right before he ascends into heaven that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you“ (emphasis mine). What does this mean? Well, when we come to realize the impact of the Gospel and we trust in who God is, and we put all our trust in Him; we ask Christ for forgiveness. I believe in that moment, the Holy Spirit and His power is living inside you. That means the power it took for Christ to defeat death, is living inside of you.
So how do you live with this Holy Spirit Power?
It’s definitely not like Superman, so don’t think you will be seeing into buildings with X-Ray vision. You won’t be like Spiderman either and climbing up the side of walls. But you will have the power to make it through whatever comes your way.
As believers and followers of Christ, life still happens. The good and the bad of life still exist. Through the power we have in Christ, we are able to stand victorious with Him on both the good and bad days. If you’re anything like me, then being reminded of this power that is living inside is extremely humbling and encouraging. It’s humbling because I’m reminded how big God is. I’m reminded how powerful He is to create and hold the universe together, to care about the hairs on my head, to love me enough to die for me, and to defeat death. And it’s encouraging because the Holy Spirit is giving me the Power to make it through even when I feel like I’m at my weakest point. That Power is not needing to grunt to lift what I feel like is the heaviest weight.
Power “the ability or right to control people or things” can only happen through the Lord. When we let God have the power over our lives, thats’s when Power provides the most beautiful Peace offered by God, which allows us to be Patient in an impatient world in order to Persevere to the end.