Holy Spirit Power
June 12th &13th
John 7:37-39 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
Whoever includes everyone. The promise of the Spirit was not for a select few, not only the disciples, the priests or those with authority. Jesus declares the Spirit is for whomever believes in Him.
John 20:19-22 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Before the Holy Spirit was breathed in them, the disciples were afraid of their future. So afraid they locked themselves in the room! After the Holy Spirit was breathed into them, they were no longer bound by fear. The Holy Spirit gave them the power to carry out the great commission.
Acts1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Romans 15:13 “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
I Thessalonians1:4 “ For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.”
The Holy Spirit was given to us, not so much for our own good, but so that through the power of the it we could do greater things than Jesus did!
John 14:12-13 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
It is time the Spirit filled believer put their power into action. God has not given us this power so that it can be in us, just in case we need it. He gave us power so that we could do great things and glorify His name!