Topic: The Power of the Spirit to Accomplish the Mission
49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Luke 24:49 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Luke 24:49 (NIV) 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Luke 24:49 (NLT) 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Luke 24:49 (MSG) I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.”
The promise of Jesus to his disciples was that they would soon be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit. But it would be necessary that they remain in Jerusalem, until the fulfillment of the promise. In Acts 1: 4 says, ” And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;” Jesus assures them that soon they would be filled with the Holy Spirit to a greater extent than at any other time in history.
The Holy Spirit was going to equip the disciples, so that they could succeed in fulfilling the great commission. The commission was to go and carry the message of the gospel around the world! In Matthew 28: 19-20 it says, ” Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” It is important to recognize, that it is only through the Holy Spirit in us that we will accomplish the task that has been entrusted in us.
This morning I wonder, are we endowed with the Holy Spirit? Are we filled with power from on high? We must pray that we are now empowered by the Holy Spirit, to fulfill the mission that is before us! The plan of the church today remains the same, to be a powerful witness of Jesus! Those witnesses filled with the Holy Spirit, seeing spiritual fruit and results. To see the fulfillment of Acts 1: 8, “But 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.” Let us pray that the Holy Spirit marks our lives, to get to see the fulfillment of the mission and the task before us.
Acts 1:4 (NKJV) ─ 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
John 15:26 (NKJV) ─ 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV) ─ 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Romans 13:14 (NKJV) ─ 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
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