Terry R. Baughman
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
There is a great resource of power within us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Every child of God who has been born again has received the power and has only to release that reservoir of strength when confronted by the challenge of the enemy. Christian Life College once used a theme stating: The power behind us is greater than the task before us! There is unlimited potential in the Spirit to confront any challenge we may face.
The Apostle John wrote to believers who may have struggled in their faith and doubted their ability, as we often do. He reminded them, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). It is time to arise to fulfill our destiny, recognizing the awesome initiative of the power of God working in every believer.
In our Strategies for Success we are now challenged to RELEASE the resource of power and RECLAIM the promises of God and the authority of His Spirit. Here are some practical ways to fulfill our spiritual potential.
1) Release the power of witness. Sometimes we confess that we are shy about sharing our witness or make excuses that we are ineffective. We are not all called to be preachers and we are not all outgoing in our personalities, but we are all witnesses of the power of God. Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). That is a promise given to each of us.
Deny the excuses of inhibition and reclaim the effective narrative of your personal conversion. We have a commission to share our story to people everywhere. This is a universal truth, a transnational experience. Release your tongue. Reclaim your story. Fulfill the commission as you share your witness.
2) Release the power of ministry. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). Jesus performed His ministry in power. The disciples received a ministry of power in the Holy Spirit, “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33). Reclaim the ministry that comes through the power of the Spirit. Apostolic ministry is spiritual. It is powerful. It is available to all who are born again of the water and of the Spirit.
3) Reclaim the power of the Spirit. When Peter and John went to Samaria to pray for those who had been baptized by Philip, Simon saw they received the Holy Spirit with power when the apostles laid their hands upon them. Undoubtedly they spoke with tongues as the Spirit descended upon them, but there was such a powerful demonstration that this carnal man desired the power without the spiritual submission and he was rebuked for his offer to buy the power. This authority is resident in every born again believer. Claim the power of the Spirit and release it as you pray for others to receive this experience.
4) Reclaim power in prayer. It was noted in the early church that when they prayed, “the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Something powerful happens when God’s people pray. It is time that we reclaim the power of prayer. It is time to reject the lies of the enemy, reclaim the territory he has taken, and release the authority of the power of the Spirit boldly.
This is our hour and our opportunity to arise to the challenge of this generation. Everything we have need of is already in our grasp. Release power, prayer, and spiritual ministry as we reclaim miracles, signs, and wonders through the power of the Holy Spirit and the witness of His presence.
“For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).