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[b]Have You received Power From On High?[/b]
By Dan Lirette
Beloved, many today, though much in love with Jesus and with His Word, lack the Power to Witness that has been Promised and made available to all who ask, seek and knock.
Regardless of you denominational affiliation, we need the Power to Witness that Christ Himself Promised to all of His Followers who have been Born Again.
Have you received this Blessed Power to Witness, which is none other than the Holy Spirit of God Himself?
Have you received the Promise of the Blessed Holy Spirit to lead men and women into Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ through the Preaching of the Gospel?
I firmly believe that there is an ongoing Ministry which flows out of our being Filled with the Fullness of God, and that this Ministrys initial and ongoing manifestation is one of Power, and this Power is the Power to Witness the Death and Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
I firmly believe that this Power is made available to all who ask, seek and knock; have you received this Power to Witness?
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Note here that the distinguishing mark of ones being Filled with the Holy Spirit is Power To Witness.
We all speak of having power to cast out devils
power to raise the dead
power to heal the sick
Yes, these things are a part of the Ministry, however, the primary trait of ones being Filled with the Holy Spirit is, again, Power to Witness; the Mighty Gifts of the Holy Spirit may be seen as the Fruit growing on the Tree of Power which is in the lives of those who have received the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
Lets talk, for a moment, about this Power to Witness.
Lets see what this Power to Witness is and let us take note if the following three Traits have taken place and are ongoing in our own lives as Servants of the Lord:
1- In Acts 2:1-4 we see the [b]Experience and Demonstration of the Promise of Power[/b], which is when the Upper Room Company received the Power of God so as to speak with other Tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance:
Acts 2:1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
2- In Acts 2:12-21 we see the [b]Confirming Prophecy of the Promise of Power[/b], which shows that the cloven Tongues like as of Fire, as well as the Rushing Mighty Wind, were a Biblically Based Manifestation that this group of Believers had received the Promise of God as foretold in the Book of Joel Chapter 2:
Acts 2:12-21 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
3- In Acts 2:22-47, we see the [b]Reason and the Result of the Promise of Power[/b], which was to Preach the Gospel with Power and Authority to the effect of seeing dead men come to life by Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ:
Acts 2:22-47 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Are these three traits above present in both your personal and public life? Do you sense a need for more Power to Witness? Do you long for this same Power to Witness?
Note the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who seek to be endued with Power from on High:
Verse 39: For the promise is unto you
Today, Beloved, will you not tarry in Jerusalem until ye be endued with Power from on High?
Will you not seek the Lord in Prayer and in Fasting for the Power of God that alone can set men free from the bondage of sin and the power of the devil?
Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?