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 (NKJV).
At some point in our lives, we experience the desire or need to exercise one form of power or the other. For instance, you find yourself confronted with a situation in which you have the desire to do something noble or virtuous such as helping out a friend or neighbour who is in dire need or providing emotional, financial or physical comfort to a person going through one form of agony or the other, but you feel incapacitated because you don’t have the wherewithal to execute your desire. You desire that you could genuinely do something to alleviate someone’s pain and suffering, or better still, possess the power to bring the person’s suffering to a joyous end. Without the right enablement, this will simply remain a wish or desire. And if care is not taken, this can force us to turn a blind eye to issues that need our attention.
But this is not the way God would have us live. We are to walk in the footstep of our Lord Jesus when He walked on the surface of the earth by being the light and salt to our world just as He was. As salt we should endeavour to sweeten the lives of those who come across our paths and, as lights, give illumination and direction.
These we see demonstrated in the earth walk of Jesus through the preaching of the gospel and the countless miracles He did-sinners repented, blind eyes were opened, those in demonic captivity were liberated, the dead were raised, the broken-hearted received healing and comfort etc. You can imagine how the widow of Nain or Jairus and those that came to mourn with them must have felt when their children came back to life.
Without divine enablement or ability (power), we cannot live as the salt and light that we are. And power is the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way. It is being able to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Jesus was able to influence and affect the various lives He came across because He was able to give them what they needed or desired, and we have also been given the authority (power) to influence our world positively for His Kingdom.
The only way to get divinely enabled is through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. This is why before Jesus ascended on high, He specifically told His disciples to wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. If His disciples needed the enablement of the Holy Spirit back then to carry out their spiritual and secular assignments in life, we need it much more today despite the huge technological advancements of our time.
The good news is that you and I can have that divine ability, provided we are willing to receive and surrender to Him. The promise of the Holy Spirit to every believer is a covenant promise from God. No one merits it, it is a gift from God, and all you need to do is to open your heart and accept Him. He is a Gentleman; He will never force Himself on anyone. I pray that as you open your heart to the Holy Spirit, He will make Himself more real to you and you will walk indeed in the power of the Spirit in Jesus name.
Welcome to our month of God’s Covenant Power.
Welcome to our month of Covenant Restoration.
Pastor Nomthi Odukoya