June 21, 2022

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Acts 1:8 NLT (New Living Translation)

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.”

Pastor's Commentary

In God’s Word for today, Jesus outlined the potential power and the purpose for sending the Holy Spirit to His Church. But the effectiveness is dependent upon human utilization of the power by the members of His Body, the Church. The possibility of the power is there, so why is there a lack of power? There are two emotions that can cause a power vacuum within the local church.

The first is ignorance. Many people think of the Holy Spirit as an “it.” They perceive the Holy Spirit to be mysterious and fearful. So, they reject the idea of manifestation of the Spirit in others because they have not experienced it themselves.

The second is arrogance. Certain Christian denominations feel like they have something other churches don’t have (Holy Ghost Headquarters). They believe that everyone must experience the same thing that they experience. If not, they are not saved. Many local churches have good preaching, great plans, outstanding programs, projects, and objectives, but no power.

Wrong focus and divisions are also elements that drain the Church of its power. And we wonder why the world appears to be going to hell in a handbasket. We are so busy telling each other about our denominational differences, we don’t have time to tell the world about Jesus. We must start with the church (Jerusalem) before going to those outside the church (ends of the earth).