Strength for Sunday and Beyond
11th June, 2017?
God the Holy Spirit-Mystery of Christianity
Power from On High
Today, we continue our series on God the Holy Spirit, the Mystery of Christianity. We started it last sunday 4 June, 2017.
‘All the representations which the Scriptures give us of the Holy Ghost are in harmony with this thought of divine motherhood. The regeneration of the soul is described as a new birth, and the Holy Ghost is the mother that gives us this birth.’- A. B. Simpson from’ The Holy Spirit or Power From on High’
First and foremost note:
The Holy Spirit us for regeneration
Let us examine the dynamic power of God the Holy Spirit.This time from experiential perspective.
First two historical experiences: My Father, a Latin student in Oduduwa college , Ile- Ife about 1937, went to Abata Egba farm stead.There, he was amazed to hear an octogenarian lady, mama Aladalu, speaking correct Latin language at a Pentecostal revival or crusade meeting in the village. My father later in the night, approached the old and fragile lady at her hut, after the meeting for explanations on his Latin home work. It turned out that the old lady could neither read nor write English but was very good at her Yoruba language Bible, leading a very holy life. Mama Aladalu, as she was known, had the gift of tongues.
She invited my dad to come meet Jesus Christ who teaches all languages as gifts. That was how my father joined the Pentecostal movement church in Ile Ife, Nigeria in the late 1930s.
I also recall in Grenoble France in 1978/79, while studying French, with my igbo sisters, at an Assemblies of God, sunday church service, a French man spoke prophesying in fluent Igbo and my sisters were all the more stunned on learning that the man had never been to Africa. He spoke in tongues.
Just look at these Bible passages on the power of the Holy Spirit: Luk 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.The Greek word fir ‘power’ is, δύναμις, dunamis, doo’-nam-is,From force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. The Holy Spirit is dynamite,The extraordinary power that generates power.
The Holy Spirit is God the producer who sets apart for divine works.
The Holy Spirit empowers or equips you for spiritual warfare to prevail on earth.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Hear him, Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Also, Jesus spoke of this power as: Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Today, thirty- one years baptized in the Holy Spirit, I can assure you that His in-dwelling makes the great difference in my life and especially ministries. Lead a life of grace and obedience to God, Acts 5:32, ask for Holy Spirit baptism or His in-filling, in the name of Jesus and you shall be filled, as in Jhn 14:26.
The Holy Spirit makes you Christ-like by enabling you to bear fruit of the Spirit unto godliness. See Gal 5:22-23
Are you ready or prepared as a platform for God the Holy Spirit to land and work on? Do you require or want to be equipped with dynamite power to break through?
Do you want to be endued with gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, today?