“If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?” (Francis Chan)
Do you ever think about this? I think about it a lot! I think about the power of the Holy Spirit we see in Acts, and I’m convicted that we have this incredible power available to us – in us – and we are missing it somehow. We are suppressing it for I don’t know why…fear, comfort, familiar, pride, desires, cultural assimilation? I fear every time we try to do something in our own power and of our own will, we push further down this greater power inside us.
These men and women KNEW the Son of God. They walked with Him, learned from Him, watched Him. They loved Him. They believed in Him. They trusted Him as their Lord and Savior. They followed Him, even when it wasn’t easy. They SAW and SPOKE to the resurrected Jesus. He breathed on them; commissioned them.
And yet they still hid behind closed doors in fear…
…until…one day, while sitting behind those closed doors, a sound came out of nowhere. Loud, different from anything they had ever heard. The closest way to describe it is a MIGHTY RUSHING WIND. Strong, powerful. And it FILLED the entire house. Sound filling space. And out of the corner of their eyes, they see divided tongues as of fire appearing, then resting on EACH. ONE. OF. THEM. Words came out of their mouth they had never heard before. Suddenly a crowd starts to form outside the dwelling. People from EVERY nation under heaven gathering because they too heard the sound. Voices, so many voices…but yet so clear; understandable in each native language. It wasn’t just noise; it was beautiful. Impulsive, foot-in-his-mouth, often misguided Peter stands and lifts his voice. The first of many BOLD and BRAVE sermons under a new covenant. Thousands believe. And more and more each day.
THIS is the power of the Holy Spirit. THIS is the power we have in us.
Insignificant to Influential.
Fisherman to Fisher of Men.
Denier to Defender.
Spontaneous to Spirit Led.
Terrified to TrailBlazer.
Mess to Mighty Leader.
I often feel like I am one of the followers still stuck in the room. I know Jesus, I believe Jesus, I love Jesus, I declare Jesus my Lord and Savior…but I am still scared behind closed doors not receiving or activating the power that has been given to me. I am hesitant, still trying to maintain some false sense of control. And I am missing out.
God, break away any pride, fear, settling, striving, manipulating, coveting that is keeping me from tapping into the power You have already given me through my belief in the work of Jesus. Help me not to be so afraid of the mighty wind and tongues of fire, content with what the world says is “comfortable” and “safe.” I want all of You I can get – Father, Son, AND Holy Spirit. I don’t want to miss any of it. I want my life to look like something I could never do. Only You. As missionary David Brainerd said, “Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.”
And I have to admit, it scares the heck of me to say this because I know it will look different than what I think and will come with great joy, purpose, and fulfillment, but also likely great suffering. God, I need Your power to even pray for it. Into Your hands…
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