A Time To Energize
God promised a divine power which shall be solely for a divine purpose. This is because the power will come through the Holy Spirit, and the primary purpose shall be to win souls to the kingdom of God. Thus, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is power for a purpose and not just to make us feel good or to know how much God loves us. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to tell the whole world about Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill the Great Commission. That power also involves courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability and authority which are all needed in fulfilling the great commission.
Jesus promised the disciples that they would receive power to witness after they received the Holy Spirit. The right order must be followed:
1. They would receive the Holy Spirit,
2. The Holy Spirit would give them power, and
3. They would witness through that power with extraordinary results.
When we reverse the order we will be witnessing by our own power and authority. And Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10: 3b-5, “we do not wage war according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have DIVINE POWER to demolish strongholds.” God has given us a great work to do for Him, but the work must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us be encouraged, we are from God and have overcome the devil because the one who resides in us is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4.