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