by Carolyn Hope
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Throughout the Old Testament, we see many instances where God empowered specific people. Before Israel had a king, God appointed Samson as a judge, and many times He gave him the strength to defeat hundreds of enemies at once. Later in Israel’s history, the Holy Spirit came upon Elijah, and he was able to run and overtake the chariot of the king. There are many others who received the power of God for a particular purpose at some point. These experiences, however, didn’t last. Holy Spirit came and went, but didn’t stay.
Then came Pentecost, where the believers who had been praying together were filled with Holy Spirit, and the words of Jesus in Acts 1 and the prophecy of Joel 2 were fulfilled. Now we live in a new era, under a new covenant; we can be empowered by Holy Spirit not just for short bursts of time, but for all of our lives. We can live empowered.
God doesn’t want you to be weak or helpless. He created you to be a powerful, mighty warrior. And He is faithful to give you the power you need. If you don’t feel like your life is a life of power, ask the Lord to empower you. He will do it because He loves you and believes in you.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe