Power for Life
Jesus is the power and wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24), yet many settle for just going to church services. They associate with Christians, but they don’t live like Christians. That’s dangerous behavior. Please, don’t content yourself with comforting ideas about God. Rest your faith on the powerful person of Jesus.
Jesus’ power is available to you. Because of that power in the early church, everyone was a preacher (Acts 8:4). They were weak in themselves, just as you are. But their weaknesses didn’t stop them. Their preaching didn’t demonstrate superior knowledge or ability but the power of the Holy Spirit.
Philip’s life demonstrated God’s power. He preached Christ in a Samaritan city and brought great joy there. Does joy follow in your wake? Are people joyful because you’ve been there or because you’ve left? Both joy and bold witness are results of the Holy Spirit’s control.
The Jerusalem church wasn’t convinced Philip’s Samaritan converts were genuine. These converts later received the Holy Spirit when Peter and John laid their hands on them (Acts 8:17). In His providence, God initially withheld the Spirit from them to guarantee the believers in Jerusalem would ultimately accept them. He had to overcome hundreds of years of mutual hostility. Unlike these Samaritans, you receive the Holy Spirit the moment you trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Ephesians 5:18 commands you to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Obviously, that’s God’s will. 1 John 5:14–15 promises that when you pray according to God’s will, He always hears and answers you. Begin each day by giving the Spirit of Jesus control of your life. Allow Him to live the Christian life through you.
When the Holy Spirit controls you, God brings people into your life who need to hear about Him. He brought the Ethiopian eunuch into Philip’s life. Philip began by being a friend. Friendship prepares the soil of a person’s heart to receive the gospel. It includes listening, accepting people where they are, and sharing your life and time.
The gospel seed must match the soil and be planted at the right time. Carrot seeds germinate and grow best in loose soil. The eunuch’s “loose soil” was a felt need to understand the Scriptures he was reading. The best bridge between Jesus and unbelievers is showing them how Jesus can meet a specific felt need in their lives. If you’re available, God will lead you to prepared hearts.
Power is concentrated in Jesus and experienced through the Holy Spirit. As you daily yield to the control of the Holy Spirit, you’ll warm hearts, not just pews!
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