Power From on High by Pastor Ken Damstrom
We are living in a day where calamity and violence attempts to govern the streets, where emotions are frayed, and people are in many ways just plain confused. The enemy of our souls is having a heyday by attacking people from all walks of life, and especially
those who profess to be Christians. By and large reactions are on the quiet side from Christians who are watching from the sidelines, for many reasons. Over 200 years ago, Edmund Burke, British Statesman, known as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism, said: “ The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you. When he Comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:7)
Jesus had to go away to the Father in order that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit would occur. He came not only to be with us but in us, also. Not only did Jesus send the Spirit for our salvation, to convict us of our sins, to demonstrate what righteousness really is, and point every person to the future appearance of a coming judgment for all mankind, but, to “guide us into all truth.” (John 16:13ff)
One part of the truth the Holy Spirit guides into, from a Pentecostal viewpoint, is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, including both understanding of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that Jesus also promised: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
We can be baptized “in water” to mark our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, and we can be baptized “in the Spirit” to acknowledge that we are “being filled with the Holy Spirit”. Acts 1:8 tells us “…you will receive power to witness for Jesus Christ.” The original word from the Greek is the word, “dunamis”, which can translate into English as “dynamite.” Do we have any explosive
faith in our lives? Have we been “filled with the Holy Spirit?” Perhaps we have been filled, but somewhere along the path of life we have sprung a leak!
This power of which we speak is what we all need, to navigate the times in which we live, with or without Covid 19. Peter tells us in Acts 2:39, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are afar off, for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
We surely need the power of the Holy Spirit for everyday living. Paul’s life in Acts 9 was transformed on the Road to Damascus. He was converted to Jesus Christ as a follower, and Saul became Paul.
A few days following, Ananias went to where Saul was and laid hands on him, in order to restore his eyesight and also that he might become Spirit-filled. Paul needed power, and he trusted the Holy Spirit to fill him with it. We know from a further record in I Corinthians 14:18, that Paul also spoke in tongues, when he declared, “ I thank God I speak in tongues more than all of you”, as he went on to discourse on priorities in our Spirit-filled lives. The point being stressed here, is that the early church faced all problems with an emphasis upon the power of The Holy Spirit. “Times of Refreshing” are really needed in the Body of Christ today, in order to stand strong in the Lord! May God fall fresh on each one of us to empower our lives, and cause us to depend upon, The Holy Spirit, or the power from on high!
“A man cannot get divine power and blessings if he does not want them. Take a hermeneutically sealed bottle put it into the ocean, it may float around for a century and still stay as dry inside as when sealed, even though it is surrounded by a shoreless ocean.
So you and I float, live, move, and have our being in that great ocean of the divine love in Christ, but you can cork up your hearts and wax them over with an impenetrable cover- through which that grace does not come!” (Anonymous)
In the midst of the chaos which surrounds our lives, it is good for us to take inventory and conclude, along with God’s Word, that all power on earth and in heaven belongs to our Creator! By faith we reach out for “power from on High”, and ask the Holy Spirit to dynamically fill us to overflowing in order to move on through anything that frustrates God’s power in our lives, to meet every need. We once again are in desperate need of the power of Pentecost flowing through the Church of Jesus Christ of present day saints.
It has been said, “ Pentecost is an experience not just a denomination!
“ To lead a person to Christ and not to bring him into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is like recruiting someone for the army and not providing him with adequate weapons.”
All power and praise to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, our Miracle Worker for the 21st Century.