The Power We Need to Live for Christ

Weekly Digest - Wed, 18 Apr, 2018

Following His resurrection before He ascended to heaven, Jesus said to His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). The power of the Holy Spirit is the possession of everyone who has opened their heart in genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. It is the third person of the God-head, the power we need to live the challenging life of being the disciples of Christ. While we are still of the flesh, we need the power more than the flesh could offer to exhibit the new life of righteousness and obedience to be effective witnesses for Jesus in the world. In teaching and preparing His disciples for life after His resurrection, Jesus had taught them about the Comforter, the Helper, the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because of inability to see or know Him (John 14: 16-18). He said that it is expedient for Him to go away without which the Comforter, the Holy Spirit would not come to the disciples, but if he departed He would send the Holy Spirit to them He opined that “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you (John 14: 26). And when it comes to the conviction phenomenon, it is this same Holy Spirit who helps us, otherwise we will die in our sin. Hence Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “When He comes, He will convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8)

            Apostle Paul from His own inspiration and experience said, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; . . . He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27)

As long as you and I rely on our own flesh and wisdom, we will often fail to be whom and what we ought to be in Christ. But if we continually listen and yield to the Holy Spirit inside us, we will be always victorious in our endeavors. The question is, “How sensitive are you and I to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit inside us?”                                                                                                        – Dr. Johnson Omoni