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 Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
So, you're born again and ready to live the Spirit empowered life? (Well, conveniently, I have just written a book about that very topic. Pure coincidence.) And, over the next few weeks in our devos, I'll be sharing several excerpts from the new book, The Spirit Empowered Life. Here's a little taste, I hope you enjoy...
From Chapter 2:
What is the purpose for being filled with the Spirit?
Power. The Holy Spirit is Thee power source for an effective, fruitful and joy-filled Christian life. (King James emphasis intended.)
No joke. Girls, ever tried using a dryer on your hair without plugging it in? You could go through all the motions and not one strand of hair will be dried. Why? Because, there’s no power!
Guys, ever tried to scrape––oh, I don’t know––about 32 layers of paint off an old windowsill with a handheld steel paint scraper? How about twelve double hung windows and sills? Let’s add in the smell of a few gallons of liquid paint remover and your pregnant wife of 8 months who is just about to go postal on you. Not a good recipe. (Not that we've experienced that exact thing.) But, plug in the electric power paint stripper, put your wife in a lazy boy with a chocolate malt and a pickle and that paint will practically hop off those windows all by itself! What’s the difference? Power! (And a happy pregnant wife.)
And power is what the Spirit gives to us. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He gives us supernatural power to live for Jesus––and to rep the Lord in these three ways...
First, The Holy Spirit simply helps us to not think of ourselves. He helps us think about the Lord and He helps us focus on others. (Seems obvious. But, not a default mode for most of us.)
Second, He gives us the power, the urge and unction––indeed the exciting anticipation––to share Jesus through our words, our lifestyle, our behavior––and in all that we are.
Third, He helps us not be weird. (Which is very subjective, I know.) Rather, He empowers us in our everyday, normal lives, so that we reflect and "preach" Jesus in all that we do. "Witnessing" for Jesus is what we do through our conversations and interactions everyday––and, we need the Holy Spirit's power to do it. Being a witness for Jesus doesn't necessarily mean we need to stand on a street corner wearing a sandwich board with "The End is Near" written all over––although, if I were you, I wouldn't rule it out. (Because as soon as you rule something out, God rules it in. As soon as you tell the Lord what you won't be doing––guess what He'll ask you to do? But, I digress.)
Bottom line? When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He gives us power to be less self-absorbed and more absorbed with Jesus and others. He gives us the power and ability to share our faith with those in our sphere of influence and He helps us to not be weird.
Which leads to this big question, "How does the Holy Spirit come upon us?" Glad you asked––and what do you know? This new book, The Spirit Empowered Life, answers that question and many others! Plus, our Publisher just gave us the green light to offer you a pre-release special price on the book, as it will be released to the general public very soon! If you'd like to get in on the pre-release special of The Spirit Empowered Life, just click here: Pre-Release Special.)
Meanwhile, let's pray.
Say It: "Father, I want to be filled with your Spirit. I need and desire Your power to be a witness for Jesus. I want to live an effective, fruitful and joy-filled life full of Your Spirit. Teach me and fill me, in Jesus' Name. Amen."