After two posts of introduction, I’m excited to focus on Acts 1:8 today. You’re welcome to simply read my blog, but I really encourage you to grab a Bible and journal each time. Read the specific passage a few times and ask questions before or after reading my reflections. God wants to speak to you directly, too.
The questions you ask are the Focused Thinking questions I mentioned previously. As a reminder, think back to 7th grade English. Who? What? Where? When? Why?
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Looking at Acts 1:8, one question that jumps out to ask when I read that particular verse is, “What will we receive from the Holy Spirit?” The answer? Power.
In my last post, I referenced that the enemy’s most effective lies are the ones closest to the truth. Acts 1:8 tells us we’ll receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. So, what’s the enemy attacking? He’s attacking our power source; our power grid. The enemy is a terrorist.
Let me pause for a second and make sure that no one takes this out of context. Don’t get intoxicated with the word power. God is powerful and does give us power, but it’s only to accomplish His purposes in His ways.
We cannot be who God has made and called us to be without the Holy Spirit. We cannot do what God has commissioned us to do without the Holy Spirit. In the same way that the enemy lied and deceived people to slander and crucify Jesus, he still lies and deceives people to slander and crucify the Holy Spirit. It’s time to expose the lies, defend the truth, and start living by the presence, peace, and power of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at who the Holy Spirit is for a minute. He’s the Comforter. The Counselor. The Helper. And here’s what the Holy Spirit does:
- He reveals Jesus to sinners.
- He permanently indwells believers at salvation.
- He forms the likeness of Jesus in believers through sanctification, guidance, and the distribution of all the gifts of the Spirit.
- He empowers the mission of Jesus through believers.
- He unifies the Church.
- He reveals Christ to us.
- He forms Christ in us.
- He empowers Christ through us.
- He guides
- He grows
- He gifts
Let me be Captain Obvious for a minute and state how crazy we are to think we can live this life and fulfill this mission without the fullness of the Holy Spirit!
When we minimize the Holy Spirit, we turn Christianity into something we can do in our own strength. Thus moralism. Thus legalism. Thus perpetual hypocrisy.
If we’re going to be serious about living the Christian life and mission, we have to be serious about living by the Holy Spirit. It’s time for us to be encouraged and excited about receiving power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us so we can be His witnesses. This should be a blessing, not a burden.
Have you ever noticed the difference between the disciples before the Holy Spirit and after the Holy Spirit?
- Have you seen that difference take place in your life?
- Have you seen that boldness take place in your life?
- Have you seen that power take place in your life?
- Have you seen that transformation take place in your life?
As we finish today, pray and ask the Lord to give you a greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as you go about your day.