01 May Have an Experience
Power – it’s an interesting thing. We live in a world when having power is viewed as the answer to problems; many believe those in power need to make things better. Jesus made a pretty amazing promise about power when He left the earth. He said His followers would receive power by way of the Holy Spirit.
That statement may seem vague; it doesn’t seem to make much practical sense. What does this power do? What’s it for? The power of the Holy Spirit that accompanies those who live for Jesus is the power to make wise choices, it’s the power to know the right thing to do. It’s the power to be part of miraculous healing and it’s the power to always live with hope. Here’s the thing though, it has to be inside of you – you can’t borrow it.
Sometimes I ask people if they’re Christians and they answer by telling me where they went to church when they were kids. Sometimes they tell me something about their parents. The goodness of being a follower of Jesus – the power of the Holy Spirit being part of us – only happens through our own personal experience.
In Acts 19:13-16 NIV Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
These people were trying to use someone else’s experience of God to live their life. It not only didn’t work well for them, it left them naked and bleeding – now that’s a bad day!
Fast forward to today, people are living off of parents’ experiences, friends’ experiences, or an experience as a kid, and if they were honest sometimes they feel naked and bloody. Every day is an opportunity for a fresh experience with God (through worship, prayer, Bible meditation, etc.) so we can go through our day not trying to invoke the name of the God of our parents, or our childhood, or our neighbor, but calling on the name of OUR God.
If you have never experienced the power of God in your life, this is a great day to start. Begin praying and asking God for that very thing, attend a church service of a church that believes in the power of Holy Spirit and the Bible, seek Him and watch how his power changes you.