When The Holy Spirit Comes On You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 128 - Acts 1:4-8 - When The Holy Spirit Comes On You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 128 – Acts 1:4-8 – When The Holy Spirit Comes On You – Growing As Disciples

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8 (NIV)

Power

That is what I lack, without a doubt. What do you lack? I lack power. What kind of power do you lack? What kind of power do you want? I lack the power to go and do your will. I lack the power to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I lack the power to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Well, you are in the right place and you are in the right frame of mind. You have wise thoughts within you. How so? Knowing that you are powerless is a very good place to start. Realizing that you cannot go and do my will, accomplish my purposes, and fulfill my plans, or bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, without my power working in and through is a very valuable lesson to have learned. I have been a very slow learner. You have learned a lesson that some never learn. So, be thankful that you have learned it well. The learning has not come easy. I have labored fruitlessly under my own power for many days and months and even years. Like I said, you have now learned of your own powerlessness in ways that you will never forget.

So, now that you have learned of your own powerlessness what will you do next? I will wait for and rely on your power. I will not run ahead of you, nor will I trail behind you. I will remain in your presence. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I will ask you to fill me with your power so I will be able to do the work that you will give me to do for you. What kind of work will I ask you to do for me? You will ask me to be your witness both near and far. You will ask me to be your witness to people like and unlike me. You will use me to minister to others all around me no matter where I am. You will work in and through me to me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. You will make it so I can bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You will do in and through me what I could never do by myself. Yes, that is true. Yes, that is right. Yes, that is certain. Follow me now. Yes, Holy Spirit, I will. That will be very good.

Holy Spirit, often I have run ahead or trailed behind you. What a fruitless mistake that has been. Now, I will wait for and rely on you to powerfully work in and through me. Guide me. Use me. Help me to minster to others both near and far and like and unlike me. Amen

Key Question…  How are you waiting for and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of ministry?

Living It Out…  Wait for and rely on the Holy Spirit to powerfully work in and through you to minister to others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will empower you to minister to others as you wait for and rely on Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are relying on the Holy Spirit to work in and through you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you wait for and rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to do the work of ministry.

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You Will Receive Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 23 - Acts 1:8 - You Will Receive Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 23 – Acts 1:8 – You Will Receive Power – Growing As Disciples

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”    Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Power

I desperately need that. What do you desperately need? I desperately need your power. Why is that? I have learned, over and over again, that apart from you, I can doing nothing. Without, your power I am weak. Without, your power I am timid. Without, your power my life will neither bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. That is why I desperately need your power. You have given a good answer. You clearly do know why you need my power.

When will my power come upon you? Now that is a good question. Your power will come upon me when I need it. Your power will come on me as I step out in faith to be your witness in the world. Your power will come upon me as I rely on you to do the work of ministry. I know all this might seem obvious to all, but not to me. How so? I have wanted your power to be on me all the time. I have wanted your power to be with me even when I did not need it. I have expected to receive your power well in advance of doing any work of ministry. I know this will sound silly. I have wanted your power even while casually thinking about being your witness in the world or before doing any work of ministry. I don’t think that is how your power works. How do you think my power works? I think you specialize in the just in time delivery of your power. Why is that? What will happen to you if you step out in faith and then expect my power to make you able to be my witness in the world? My faith in you will grow. My reliance on you will be surer. I will know without a doubt that is you that is working in and through me. You are giving me your power and strength. You are making me bold and courageous. You are making me able to be an abundantly fruitful witness for you in the world. You are helping me to bring glory to your name. I will know, as will everyone else, that all the praise and honor and glory go to you and not to me. So, my just in time delivery of all the power you will need is a very good thing isn’t it? Yes, it is. It pleases me that you know this to be true. Thank you, Lord.

Holy Spirit, empower me a be a witness for Christ in the world today. Make me bold and courageous. Use the words of my mouth to make the Good News of the Gospel known to others both near and far away. Help me to bear fruit and bring glory to His name. Amen

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You Will Receive Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 155 - Acts 1:8 - You Will Receive Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 155 – Acts 1:8 – You Will Receive Power – Growing As Disciples

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Power

I want to be your witness in the world. I want to be used by you to draw others to yourself. I know that my efforts to be your witness in the world have often been powerless and feeble attempts. I know that apart from you I can do nothing of lasting and eternal value. Operating under my own power and strength will accomplish nothing. I know where the problem has been in the past. I have neither waited for or relied on your power to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I am very tired of living a fruitless life. I have had enough of rushing off to take on your assignments by myself. I don’t want any more of that. That’s good.

So, what will you do differently now that you have realized that your efforts alone will never be enough to go and do my will? I will wait for and rely on your power. I will meet with you in prayer. I will ask for your help. I will receive your instruction and follow your guidance. That does not mean that I will sit around forever. I know that there is a time to wait and a time to move out. I will wait for your green light. When you say wait, I will wait.  When you say go, I will go. It seems to me that there is a time of waiting and a time to take that faith filled first step. I will follow your timing rather than my own. I will take my first and every step with you. I want you to lead me. I want you to guide. I want you to direct my efforts. That will be very good.

Your power does seem to come with that faith filled first step. You’ve noticed? Yes, I have noticed that your power does not come to those who rush off without you. Yes, I have noticed that your power does not come to those who do not move out with you. So, I will neither run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will allow you to lead me to where you want me to go. I will allow you to give me what you want me to do. That will be very good.

Then what will you expect? What will you hope for? What will you have faith to believe? I believe that you will work in and through my life. Your Holy Spirit will empower me to do your work. Your Holy Spirit will make me able to do what I could never do by myself. Your Holy Spirit will empower me to be your witness in the world around me. Yes, He will. I will powerfully use you as my witness in the world. You will accomplish the work that I will give you to do for me. Your hopes and dreams and prayers that I have given to you will be answered. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I know that without the power of your Holy Spirit working in and through me, I will be unable to be your witness in the world. Empower me. Make me able to go and do your work. Use me near and far to be your witness so many will come to know you. Amen

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