“You are witnesses . . . but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” ~Luke 24:48-49
We are not ready for Christian witness, service or leadership, until we are clothed with the promised power of the Spirit. There was a tremendous difference in the ministry of the disciples before and after the day of Pentecost, just as between being a disciple of Christ indwelt by the Spirit, and being filled with and empowered by the Spirit. The Spirit must penetrate and possess all of our being. He must pervade our personality. He must add a dimension of supernatural power. It is not enough for us to say that since Pentecost every Christian has the power of the Holy Spirit. The question is, “Are you and I fully living out the power available to us?”
This is not a power that spectacularly sparks and crackles as you reach out to touch needs. It is not a divine short cut to instant miracles. It is not a power under your control. You do not use the Spirit’s power; the Spirit uses you as you work in power. We are not putting a premium on the sensational. Power always makes a dynamic difference, but it is not necessarily sensational.
--Wesley Duewel, paraphrased by Neville Bartle, New Zealand
Heavenly Father, how we long for more of Your Spirit to move and live and breathe through us this day! Send down Your Spirit, Your power, Your fire, we pray! Consume all within us that is not like Jesus. Transform our hearts and renew our minds. Embolden us as Your Church in the specific places You have ordained for us at this time. You promised to send the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Father, we ask! Fill us afresh and work through us, we pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.