Our Power

See Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5. The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to obey Christ and carry out His mission.
 
See 2 Peter 1:3. The Holy Spirit is a person, not a force. The Holy Spirit is God. Because the Holy Spirit is God in our lives, then our lives ought to be different, right? God’s power in our life should transform us. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the accompanying power was considered absolutely essential by the Apostles.
 
Read: Acts 8:9-19. The apostles wanted to make sure these new believes had received the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the indwelling power of the Spirit would bring into effect their faith in Christ and allow them to live it out. (See also Acts 19:1–7.)
 
In these examples from the Book of Acts, we can see that the Apostles never for a minute believed that living a Christian life would be possible without the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
 

A life fully devoted to Christ is not possible without the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Holy Spirit’s power brought about your conviction of sin.

See John 16:8-11. The convicting work of the Spirit is the first element in being born again. God the Holy Spirit must awaken us to our selfishness and sin.

 

The Holy Spirit’s power brought about your conversion to Christ.

See John 3:3–7. Conversion is accomplished in us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus could not be any clearer: there is no Christian life without the converting, rebirthing, and renewing work of the Spirit. See Titus 3:5.

 

The Holy Spirit gives us power to live a sanctified life.

See 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13. The Holy Spirit sanctifies in two ways. First, he sets us apart in Christ that we might be forgiven and made clean by his death. Second, he works in us so we can be obedient to Jesus Christ. See Philippians 2:12-13 We have already been changed. We are already new creations in Christ and have a new strength at work in our inner being. See Ephesians 3:16.
 
The Bible expects that because God dwells in us by the Spirit, we can, by that same Spirit, become more Christlike. Of course there is still a fight within us. But with the Spirit there can be genuine progress and victory.
 

The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome temptation and sin.

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to put to death the flesh, and live victorious over sin in the Spirit. See Romans 8:9; 6:6-7; 6:11-12; 6:14. We put to death the works of the flesh by believing that our old self was crucified with Christ, and then by choosing to walk under the guidance and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
 

The Holy Spirit gives us power to pray.

Our greatest power in prayer occurs when our prayers are prompted by the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Paul promised the Spirit would help us as we prayed, and he often talked himself about praying “in the Spirit.”
 
See Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 6:18. Praying “in the Spirit” means praying under the guidance and with the help and power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will also direct you as you pray. People, situations, or needs may come to mind through the Spirit.
 

The Holy Spirit gives us power to serve the Church.

The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life will not lead you to spiritual inactivity. The power of the Holy Spirit in your life will compel you into spiritual service. See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11.
 

The Holy Spirit gives us power to witness for Christ.

See Acts 1:8. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit has come upon you to empower you for that mission. You are filled with the Spirit to be a witness. See 2 Timothy 1:7. The dynamic power of the Holy Spirit will be given in constant flow as long as we are engaged in witnessing. We are to be conduits or channels, not reservoirs or holding tanks.
 
Devotion to the mission of Jesus and power of the Spirit of God always go hand in hand. If you are going to walk with the Spirit, you have to be going where he is going! And from the moment he came to earth he has been going to the unbelieving world.
 

The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to obey Christ and carry out His mission.

 

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The Power Behind the Good Work

See Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 16:27; Ephesians 6:7–8; Revelation 22:12. Not only have each one of us been given a good work, we also will stand accountable for that good work before the Lord. Don’t lose heart, though. Because the same Lord that we will stand accountable to for our good work has promised to work in us, with us, and through us.
 
Nehemiah did not do this good work alone. He mobilized people to participate in this good work. But even more importantly, Nehemiah knew the power behind the Good Work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
 

You are not alone in your good work; the Lord works with you.

 
See Nehemiah 1:11; Nehemiah 2:8; Nehemiah 2:17–18; Nehemiah 2:20; Nehemiah 4:14-15; Nehemiah 6:15–16. You would never get the idea from Nehemiah that he did this good work in his own power. He was careful to acknowledge that the Lord was the power at work in this good work.
 

Doing a good work is only possible through the Lord’s power at work within you.

 
See Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:29. While God does intend for us to act and do something in order to accomplish a good work, He never intends for us to do this work in our own strength alone. His work is possible with His power. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision and power.
 

Right now you have all that you need to do a good work.

 
See 2 Corinthians 9:8. Too often we think we cannot do a good work for God because we do not have the right tools, the right skills, the proper talents. But we need to remember what Paul told the church at Corinth. Often, the “all we need” isn’t preloaded before the good work. For example, God didn’t have Parr Lumber deliver all the building materials to Nehemiah when the problem was presented to him. All he had was a burden and no supplies. But notice what God did as Nehemiah sought Him, trusted Him, and moved forward in His leading. God provided all that Nehemiah needed to complete the work.
 

The Lord began the good work in you and will be faithful to complete it through you.

 
See Philippians 1:3–6. Wherever you are in the process right now, God is with you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He is empowering you. He will complete the good work through you!
 

Others will realize the Good Work was done with the help of the Lord.

 
See Nehemiah 6:15–16. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard the wall has been built they were frightened and humiliated. They realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Who will be influenced by your Good work? Who needs to see how the Lord had helped you in your good work? Keep doing the good work. Remember, it’s not just about you. It’s about the LORD and it’s about what others see Him do in your good work.
 

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