But You Will Receive Power!

Acts 1:8 (NLT) 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.” I was reading in Acts chapter one this morning and the writer tells us that before Jesus ascended into heaven, He commanded the Disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Fathers gives them the Gift He had promised. He goes onto say John baptized in water but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
Then in Acts chapter 2 the Holy Spirit Comes. Acts 2:1-4 says, “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
These Scriptures really have me thinking about the precious gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I truly believe He gave us this gift to be used for His glory. I was reminded through His Word, praying/speaking in tongues is not the purpose of the baptism; it is the evidence that we have been filled. The purpose and the reason He fills us, is that we might be edified, empowered and equipped to be witnesses. It is very clear in the Scripture that we are to be faith filled ministers speaking the Truth, being led by His Holy Spirit, ministering to and loving people like Jesus did.
Often when I study the word of God, I end up doing a personal inventory. Sure enough, this morning is no different! I see things in my reflection that I need to change. All of a sudden a bunch of questions started running through my mind: Am I making the most of the gift He has given? Do I treasure it? Am I using it as He intended me to? Am I a light in darkness? Am I a witness for Him? Do I minister in power and boldness as He intended for me to do? Do I walk in faith and authority believing signs & wonders will follow me if I believe?
So much to think about, and my honest answer to every one of these question is….sometimes, but not nearly enough! I know I really need to step it up a few notches and focus on becoming a wholehearted, empowered and effective follower of Jesus Christ. Today I was reminded, my purpose for living is to serve/worship the Lord and be a witness. I know in these last days, I need to stand up for Christ and live like I truly believe in Him. It’s time to make an impact on the world around me and take some (soul-ground) for the kingdom! Hmmmm …..I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we as Spirit filled believers all stepped it up a notch or two? Could there be, would there be a shift in the atmosphere? I believe that revival starts in the heart of the individual believer, long before it hits the Sunday morning worship service.
Oh Lord I pray, “Revive my heart, and stir within me. Help me to be STRONG, BOLD and COURAGEOUS for the cause of Christ and the furtherance of the KINGDOM. Help me to be a faithful and true follower of Jesus Christ!”