Holy Spirit Empowerment

Have you ever started something, especially spiritual in nature, only after awhile to have it start to fizzle?  I.e. prayer time, Bible reading, sharing the Gospel, participation in a ministry, leadership, etc.  Do you feel burnt out, lack enthusiasm, run out of ideas, lack results or response?

The problem is we NEED the HOLY SPIRIT.  We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  But we also need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and we need to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not enough to try to do activities and to function in our own strength, conviction, or might. God’s word states, “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty  (Zechariah 4:6)

In Paul Goulet’s book, The Five Powers of God, there are 5 different words in Greek that describe God’s power.  They are the following:

Exousia – the delegated authority, the power or the right to act (Matthew 10:1; Matthew 28:18,19; John 1:12; and Luke 10:16-19).

Dunamis – Might, force, dynamic, miraculous power (Philippians 3:10; Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 1 Corinthians 2:3-5; Acts 6:8)

Energeia – energy, effectiveness, invigoration (Colossians 1:28-29; Philippians 2:13; James 5:16)

Kratos – dominion or reigning authority (1 Peter 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 Peter 5:11; Jude 25; Revelations 5:13)

Ischus – strength, force, ability (Mark 12:29,30; 1 Peter 4:11)

These corresponding verses are just some of the examples of how differently the word ‘power’ is expressed in the New Testament involving the Holy Spirit.  Personally, I confess that I need more of the Spirit of God to fill me.  I need the power of God in my life and in my ministry.  

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:4,8

We try to do a lot of things on our own strength… even things that come from the Lord but we move on our own strength or we rely on other people for our strength.  I think we would all agree that this is not the way that God has intended for us.  What God has started in the Spirit, do we try to finish in the flesh?  I don’t think this was his intent.

There are Seven Steps to prepare ourselves for His power that Paul addresses:

1.     Get right with God

2.     Get right with others

3.     Get right with ourselves

4.     Break all ties with the demonic

5.     Totally surrender your life to Christ

6.     Faith is a portal

7.     Have purpose for the impartation of God’s power

As believers, let us desire and hunger for the power of God in our lives.  

Pastor Daniel