Power of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God is the power that we need to fulfil what God has set us here on earth to do. He leads us places and gives us the power to be productive in those places. In this beautiful call that God has given to us believers to make disciples of all nations – the call to tell the people around us about Him and His mighty works He has provided us with everything that we need, and that is His Spirit; His abiding presence our source of power.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
The Spirit of God is the third person of the God-Head (Father, Spirit, Son) and by His discretion He allocates gifts to the body of Christ. These gifts that He gives enable the body to function.
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.” 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)
These gifts help us to heal and bind up; they point non-believers to the existence of a higher power than they. They testify of the life of Christ.
The Spirit of God connects us to the heart of God about ourselves, about those around us. He lets us know His thoughts towards them and how He desires to meet their needs. We are commissioned to be the hands and feet of Jesus. When we obey His Spirit He is able to work within those around us.
“but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV)
God is able to touch man at His very core. We are able to minister effectively and the world around us opens up to change.
(For full lesson watch out for our upcoming book ACTS: The Good News About Christ)