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Saturday, June 11
You Shall Receive Power
2nd Principle: Being A Leader Is More Than Having Talent; One Must Be Filled With The Power Of The Holy Spirit!
Leadership Principles of the Book of Acts
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.”
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:8 (NLT) — 8 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 (MSG)— 8 And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
Development of The Leadership Principle:
To fulfill the mission God has given us, it will take leaders with not just talent, charisma or natural ability, we need to be full of the Holy Spirit!
The church today needs leaders endowed by the power from on high, people who burn with the fire and passion of Jesus in their hearts.
In Acts 4:13 it gives us the example of this quality of leadership, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.“
The disciples were not the most educated, or prepared. They may not have articulated well, or gifted with intelligence and eloquence, but something they did have was the demonstration of the power of God on their lives!
Everyone could see that they were ordinary men, without study or culture … but they were spiritual dynamite, The power of the Holy Spirit was completely over their lives!
Everyone recognized and it was very evident that they had been with Jesus; His presence was no doubt over them. The disciples were spiritually equipped. The Holy Spirit, through his anointing, gifts and power, enabled them for ministry. Everything was carried out effectively, and people were amazed and astonished by the power that rested on their lives.
This was the mark of discipleship that they possessed, the power accompanied with teaching and instruction!
We see what 1 Thessalonians 1:5 says, “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
Today this is what the church needs, leaders filled with the Holy Spirit. Leaders who not only have the charisma, or a great a style of leadership, but they need to also be solid inwardly, have a godly character, and also possess an inner power from the Holy Spirit to do the work of the Lord.
It was one of the first qualities sought from those who served tables…
Acts 6: 2-3 (NKJV) – 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
It was this power that enabled Jesus to carry out the task of his earthly ministry….
Luke 4:14 (NKJV) — 14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
We will never be able to do ministry with our own effort, or human carnality. The ministry and the Lord’s work is another area, another genre, it’s spiritual!
It is more than just reciting or memorizing tips and lessons on how to be a better leader, (although this helps) but at the end of the day, the priority is that we are so full of power from on high. Consider this example of the sons of Sceva …
Acts 19:13-16 (NKJV) — 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
How interesting, they knew about Paul, they knew about Jesus, (they took good notes in class) but they were empty of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
If we want to be effective leaders, let’s start with the most basic and important things, the rest will be secondary!
Only the power of the Spirit will empower us with power and courage when we face difficulties and problems.
It was this power that enabled Stephen to face his death…
Acts 7:55 (NKJV) — 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
Let us pray on this day so that we can be those leaders who make a difference. Do not be conformed on being leaders in title only, let us be leaders empowered by the Holy Spirit!
Reflection & Practice:
How can I be a leader filled with the power of the Holy Spirit?
What characteristics does a leader filled with the power of the Holy Spirit have?
Why do you think many leaders today are missing this characteristic in their lives and ministries?