In the Power of the Holy Spirit

February 5, 2016

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My [Jesus] witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

    GO TO THE MOUNTAINTOP. I am calling the church to fasting and prayer this month. In the Bible, leaders would often go to the mountaintop to seek God. Your mountaintop can be anywhere away from distractions – your closet, your car, your backyard. Smith Wigglesworth said that God’s purpose in taking us to the mountaintop is to prepare us for “greater usefulness in the valley.” As you fast and pray and spend time with God, you will grow more sensitive to His voice and more aware of what God wants to do in these upcoming days.

    MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD. When the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to fast, the devil tempted Him, but Jesus resisted him with the Word of God. When you renew your mind in the Word, your thought life isn’t so easily hijacked by distractions and you’ll be able to tune in to the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom, clarity, decision-making ability, and healing.

    “And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit . . .” Luke 4:14a

    LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT. How are things going to be accomplished in 2016? By the power of the Holy Spirit. As we jumpstart our year by fasting and seeking God, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction. The best answers, the wisest plans, the greatest dreams and purposes are all available to you – “‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6b).

    God bless you!
    Pastor Jeff

    God, I know that I will be effective not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Show me what kind of fast You want me to do this month. I lift up my eyes and see the fields are ripe to harvest (John 4:35). Help me to be ready for You to add day by day those who are being saved (Acts 2:47). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

    pow·er, noun
    The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

    Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Wigglesworth, Smith. “The Power of the Name.” Ever Increasing Faith. Springfield, MO: Gospel Pub. House, 1971. N. pag. Print. “Power.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.