Seems like every Fall we get some rip-roaring storms that cause power outages throughout our county. The strong wind and rains will bring down limbs and sometimes entire trees come crashing down into nearby power lines. Just recently we had one such storm.
The funny thing is that when this happens, it seems to bring lots of cheering and excitement from my silly kiddo’s. For them it is a time when we light candles and oil lamps, start a cozy fire in the wood stove, play games, and get to be creative trying to find something to eat by cooking outside over a camp stove.
After having been through enough of these power outages, I seem to enjoy the initial first hour or two without power, but then after any length of time, it seems to get old super quick. I find myself hoping and praying the power comes back on quickly so I can enjoy simple things like, flushing the toilet and/or taking a hot shower (since we are on a well and have our own private septic tank).
Since almost everything we own requires power, life can get pretty limited without it. We can often take everyday things like power for granted, but when you are without it for any length of time, it seems to make you all the more appreciative of it when it does come back on.
This reminds me of some parallels in our faith. We as believers in Christ Jesus are given incredible power when operating through the power of the Holy Spirit of God living inside us. It also makes me think, “Do we really appreciate and appropriate that power?
In the Gospel of John the fourteenth chapter, when Jesus was talking to the disciples at their last meal together before his death. The disciples were perplexed at what Jesus was sharing with them. They were is followers, they walked beside him. The thought of him leaving them frightened them. They had many questions and still didn’t quite understand the enormity of who he was and what was about to happen.
At one point Philip in verse eight says, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus responded by saying, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! Here he was giving them little picture of the trinity but they could not yet understand because God’s plan had not yet reached it fulfillment. Jesus was man (God in flesh), who continuously consulted his Heavenly Father and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God here on earth and accomplish God’s ultimate plan for the redemption of man.
Down a bit in verse fourteen Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.
Those are some pretty powerful words right there. Ask anything in my name and I will do it. Wow, really God? This is no name it claim it theology. It’s a matter of knowing the will of God through knowing his Word and then asking in Jesus’s name to do the things God asks of us through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. How many of us believe and are operating out of the authority and power of that promise given to us by God? I know I am not, forgive me Lord.
Down a few verses Jesus gives the Disciples the promise of the Holy Spirit who will be them as their advocate (helper). He promises that he will never leave them and that he (the Holy Spirit) will guide them into all truth. These promises are for us! This is the Holy Spirit working in a through us. We need to operate in his power and leading in order to be effectual for God’s kingdom purposes. Faith without the Spirit’s empowerment is limited. But Spirit led faith is powerful and effectual!
Although most churches would say they believe in the Holy Spirit. I see so few operating in His Power. If we as a church try to down play the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the church, in essence we are removing God’s Power to accomplish his purposes for us here on earth. Unfortunately, without the work of the Holy Spirit, churches become “religious organizations” with little to no effect for God’s kingdom.
The same power and authority given to the Apostles to carry on the work of Jesus in the book of Acts, is the same power and authority given to us today. If you are a believer, you are an ambassador for Christ and we are all called to continue on the work of Jesus here on earth. We cannot do what God is calling us if we do not have or appropriate the power of His Holy Spirit working in us.
The Holy Spirit IS the life of the church. Just as our spirit gives life to our physical bodies, God’s Holy Spirit is the life of the believer and the gives us the power to accomplish all that God has for us. If you feel like your faith is lifeless and powerless, I pray today that you ask God to fill you with his life-giving Spirit!
Father God thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in us that is our helper, teacher, advocate and intercessor. I pray that you would light a holy fire in our hearts that burn with love for you. Give us a love for the lost, broken and hurting around us. Empower us by your Spirit to do the things you are calling us to do. Fill us with you power and help us to walk in your ways. To you be the glory both now and forever. AMEN