Power and the Holy Spirit are the same.
Acts 1:8 – Power and the Holy Spirit are one.
I was raised knowing Numbers, and Deuteronomy and it was very difficult for me to hear “saved by Grace, Salvation”. Pastor was not born in church.
When a Christian gives a testimony about being a bad person it can be hard to relate to because some people aren’t bad. What made me become born again is when Jesus was their in the hospital in front of him. I knew without being told that I was filthy without being told.
I knew what it meant to be clean, I knew what it meant to be holy. But could I achieve it? No. That’s how I became born again.
What is missing between a born again and non born again person is actually power and the Holy Spirit.
Without the Holy Spirit a believer is not able to function. Power is the ability and capacity to do things. Without power there is no result. Prayer becomes a drag, there are no results when you pray. There are no results in all that you do, in your life as a believer, in all that you do as a Christian.
In the book of Romans 7 – I KNOW (my mind) I have will -> (My Heart agreeing with my mind) one thing is for certain is that I have no power to do. Because I have no power I am a slave. I am in bondage.
Romans 7:15-18 –15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. (No Power)
I used to struggle with Sin.
I read every book on the planet. TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Paula White. I bought every Pastor. For every book on the book shelf I had a copy. If it was in print then I read it.
Why does my body tell me what to do? I went to Christian fellowship. I went to the front to receive the Holy Spirit. I spread my hands, I was tired.
The Pastor tried to trick me that Acts 2 is not saying what it is saying. I told God we are going to make a deal. If you do not change me for real. I have never drank in my life. I have never been evil like others. Now I will go and be evil because now I know that this is fake. You don’t work, but I know the devil works. If I join you I don’t know where you are going but I know where the devil is going.
For the first time I have reached a point where you can say that “I cannot save myself.”
After that I got out of my car, I saw a man selling the bible, I picked up the new living translation. I couldn’t put it down. I bought it. I read it all night and then I finally got it. I have to trust what you say. That what you said is what you said. I don’t have to work to make anything happen. If you say I’m holy than I am holy. If you say that nothing of the devil affects me then thats it. That’s the day everything changed for me.
God decided to make it so simple that a baby can understand it. Why being born again doesn’t work is because you are too smart. What he says is what he means.
Jesus says “you shall receive power…”. What is the first job of the Holy Spirit? The first thing God does is open your ears.
Jesus said in John 16:13-15:
- Power to identify, recognize, and live in truth.
If you don’t believe a word that your spouse says, how long will you be married?
Why don’t miracles happen in church? Because the pastor doesn’t accept the word as the word.
God says the job of the Holy Spirit is to give you power to recognize truth. What is truth? You have a Dad and you don’t know him. Holy Spirit says “I can show you who your Dad is.” Everybody on this planet has Daddy issues. All of us have Daddy issues. If God really is your provider why do you have a bank account.
Jesus comes into the world and says “I want to introduce you to your Father.” Your Father can take care of you, and he will, and he loves you. God says “I give you power to know the truth” Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, comes inside of us so when someone is lying to us we can tell. God gives us power to know and recognize the truth.
Power is an ability
- Ability to hear
- Ability to see
- Ability to make decisions in your heart
- Ability to DO them
- Ability to know them in your mind
“I want you to accept what I say at face value. I need you to say to me “I trust you and I trust what you say”. If I tell you anything in the bible that settles any situation.
I found something out when I was looking for God. The whole new testament you don’t have to pray concerning anything in Matthew to Revelation. You only need to accept it. It changed everything for me. God said “I have given you the power to love”. God has said that he’s given me love, I should not be praying for God to give me love.
Are you an unbelieving believer? This person looks at what God says and he has an opinion. He looks at the scriptures and he has an opinion about what God says. They will say “Oh I don’t feel it.” Do you feel the air in your lungs?
A Sinner is a person who was born by Adam.
Even if I didn’t do anything wrong, as long as I am connected to Adam I am going to hell. Romans 5:12,13 If I didn’t do what Adam did I am still a sinner. Because of Adam I am condemned.
God sent Jesus so I could have a chance.
Jesus Christ is my righteousness. I can do what God said because of Jesus Christ. I died to Adam when Jesus died on the cross. I believe and accept what God says about me and Adam and about me and Jesus. He rose from the dead so that I can be free. And then he gave me Holy Spirit. And that Holy Spirit is Power inside of me. That Spirit gives me power, the power and ability of God. Everything I need to do is done by God.
I have ability I was not born with. I was born deaf and could not hear God the Holy Spirit gave me ears to hear God.
Power is ability. I have ability that I was not born with. I have ability the God gave to me. EVERYBODY That has the Holy Spirit has power. The first thing that God does is give you his own nature. His own nature is the Spirit of God.
Power, love, joy, peace, long suffering that is WHO Holy Spirit inside of me. Holy Spirit is POWER inside of me. I can now tell the Devil to buzz off. To get lost.