Spirit Power

“Much of today’s church relies more on a book the early church didn’t have, than the Holy Spirit they did.” ~Bill Johnson

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Have you received His Power (dunamis – dynamite, might, power, marvelous works)?

“Dunamis is not just any power. The word often refers to miraculous power, marvelous works, and can also refer to “moral power and excellence of soul.”
Most importantly, dunamis can refer to “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.” –gotquestions.org

Before Jesus began His public ministry and before He performed any miracle, He was first anointed with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

As mentioned in a previous post, an anointment is an appointment to an office.

If Jesus couldn’t, or wouldn’t, operate independently of the Holy Spirit, then neither should we. It’s foolish to believe that we can be effective without the power of the Holy Spirit confirming the preaching of God’s Word.

This fact can’t be argued by anyone who truly believes the Bible is God’s Word as the Scriptures are replete with proof that it is not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.

“In John 20:28, Thomas confessed Jesus as his Lord and God. That made him “saved” according to Romans 10:9-10.

Yet, the Lord told Thomas and all the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). The reason Jesus told them to wait on the baptism of the Holy Spirit was because they didn’t have it yet. Look what happened to the disciples once they received that power. They were changed men.

Jesus speaking in Acts 1:8,

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

After the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus’ disciples, they were powerful. They faced persecution and death fearlessly.

What made the difference?

By Jesus’ own words, it was the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” teaching article

 

This Holy Spirit, this dunamis of God’s magnificent power that raised His Son from the dead resides in all born-again believers who have received the Holy Spirit!

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4 thoughts on “Spirit Power”

  1. Jesus reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah:

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

    I will always remember that passage. That was what the preacher read the day I was saved, among others. That one was the one that caught my attention, though. I had just realized that I was in deep trouble, and then right there, the solution was presented. Worked out pretty good.

    1. That’s a wonderful testimony Wally.
      I think next to IB, you have some pretty good stories yourself.

      Also proves that faith comes through hearing the word of God… not all the other stuff floating around us.
      [I only mention this part as I’ve seen the continued posts by my friend kia asking for secular/contemporary historical evidence for Jesus’ life, death, resurrection etc.
      Which is kinda weird if you think about it.
      Imagine: a person won’t believe because the Bible says so; but they expect us to think, they’ll somehow believe because (a scientist/archaeologist/academic/etc.) who doesn’t believe God and doesn’t believe He exists tells them there’s proof of God’s existence!

      1. Yeah, Mike is a work of art for sure. It’s best he and I stay in our corners. I don’t visit him, and if he visits me I don’t respond. That way I can continue to act like a Christian.

        IB? Well, she and I have come to the conclusion we were twins separated at birth LOL.

        Faith does come by hearing my friend. I avoided hearing for years.I probably had not heard 10 real messages of the Gospel before I believed. It didn’t take long. Which really provokes another thought….how many more would believe if they just heard, and why aren’t they being told?

      2. There is such truth in that statement – we all avoid hearing when we want to.

        Great question and I believe one that scripture speaks to –how then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

        There are just many reasons people aren’t being told and aren’t hearing.

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