April 24

on Friday, 21 April 2017.

April 24

Day 21 - the Holy Spirit brings power and life

In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).

 

Acts 1:8 (NLT)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

What do you think of when it comes to the idea of having power or being powerful? 

 

Definitions include the ability to do something, having strength over, and even the capacity to influence people and the outcome of events. 

 

Jesus promises power.

 

This is the last recorded conversation we have of Jesus speaking to His disciples before ascending to heaven. Earlier in this chapter, in verse 3, the Bible tells us that after Jesus rose from the dead He spent 40 days showing his disciples that He was truly alive and teaching them about the kingdom of God. Now He’s about to leave them with some final words. He’s already promised them a Helper, the Holy Spirit and to await His arrival. After Jesus leaves them, the Spirit will come, and His disciples will receive power - new strength, ability and capacity to not only live differently, but be different. 

 

Jesus tells them who they will become and what they will do. When the Spirit is poured out that power is given for a very specific purpose. The disciples of Jesus become witnesses. That is now who they are, part of their identity. And when God does something, He does it right and in full. They will be the best witnesses there ever were, extending the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. This same Spirit, same power and same identity is ours today in Christ just as it was for those first disciples. We are invited into the greatest declaration of all history - to tell the world who Jesus is, all He has done, and all He will do so that all may treasure Him here, there and everywhere. 

 

Do you identify as a witness? Is that part of how you see yourself? Does it impact how you live? What would it take to start believing Jesus’ words to you about the identity He has given you, the great work He’s called you to join in, and the power of His Spirit that is given to see it done?

 

 

Thank Jesus for making you His witness. Pray by name for those God has placed in your life that you may have the opportunity to share Christ with. Thank God for the giving of His Spirit and the power to do the work He is calling you to and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit so that you may live as His witness everywhere you go.