“...and you will receive power when the Holy Ghost has come upon you to be my witnesses…”
Contrary to popular belief, God is not distant. The Lord has made His presence known to man throughout history. Before man's fall, God actually walked in the garden and conversed with Adam face to face. In the book of Exodus He appeared to Moses in a burning bush, He manifested himself as a pillar of fire and a cloud, and prior to becoming flesh and dwelling among us the "Son of Man" appeared in the flames with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel.
“‘In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.”
And now He has chosen to pour His Spirit into "jars of clay" and to use us to manifest his power to the world. We were created for the power of God! We have been born again of the Holy Spirit! We are filled with the Spirit, led by the spirit, taught by the spirit, kept by the spirit, baptized in the Holy Ghost and empowered by the Spirit.
There are only two powers in the earth, the Power of God and the Power of Satan. There is nothing in between. We are in a struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, and between love and hate. The Word makes it very clear that a person cannot serve two masters. You are either in God’s Kingdom or you are in Satan’s Kingdom, there is no middle ground. You cannot claim you live in Gods kingdom and derive your pleasure and your enjoyment from the kingdom of God's enemy. (I Corinthians 10:21; I John 1:6; Ephesians 5:11)
As a child of God you have a divine call on your life: Matthew 5:14, “you are the salt of the earth.”
Salt has healing properties, it preserves, it seasons, and it creates a thirst. The manifestation of Christ’s Holy Spirit in you causes your life to be a channel of healing and comfort, a seasoning and preserving influence, and it makes your life exciting and joyous.
“You are the Light of the world.” His Holy Spirit causes your life to be a beacon in the night. Your life, your words, your attitude, become a light to those who are in darkness. Now is not the time for indifference. Now is not the time to stand by and watch as the enemy of God destroys lives.
I heard a story once of a man who was found at the beach throwing star fish back into the ocean, the tide had washed them up onto the beach, and they were dying. Some teenagers came by and saw what he was trying to accomplish and they shouted, “You’re wasting your time, you’ll never make a difference, there are too many here to save!”
As the man lifted another star fish and threw him back into the ocean he said with a smile, “it made a difference to that one.”
Satan’s best friend is the lukewarm Christian, they’re a false representation of Jesus, and they drive people away from Christ rather than draw them to him.
There is nothing that Satan fears more than to see God’s people on fire for Jesus. There is nothing Satan desires more than to see the energy of God’s children perverted in the pursuit of natural earthly, carnal and selfish desires, or wasted wrapped up in an attitude of indifference.
God wants to set your life on fire, He wants to fill you with His power, He wants to release you in fields that are ripe for harvest, to give you power to be a witness, to use you to break the chains and set free those in bondage to addictions, and to lay your hands on the sick and see them healed. He wants to fill you with the Holy Ghost!
You were created for power!
There is only one answer for the brokenness of this world, and it cannot be found in anything other than the Power of God, and that power can only come from the infilling of His Holy Spirit!
"All authority in Heaven and Earth has been given Me" - Matthew 28:18
"Behold I give you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and and over all the power of the enemy, nothing by any means shall hurt you" - Luke 10:19
"Having disarmed principalities and powers He made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them by the cross" - Colossians 2:15
"You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost is come upon you. And you shall be my witnesses" - Acts 1:8
Why do we cower? Why do we shrink back? Why do we fear? We fight an enemy who has been disarmed! Our enemy has no arms! He cannot touch us! He cannot harm us! We have all the authority and all the power! We can advance on his kingdom and his weapons are useless against us! It's time to advance on the kingdom of Satan and take back what he has stolen from us! In Jesus name I declare to you today, I will not fear an enemy who cannot touch me unless I allow him to, and I say not today devil, not tomorrow, and never again!