Daily Read – Jeremiah 12:1-14:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 24:30-34
1 Thessalonians 1:5
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.
The birth of the church was dynamic and earth shaking. It began in the upper room where followers of Christ were told to wait for the promise. In obedience, they gathered in one accord praying, worshipping, and waiting. In a suddenly, the dunamis (miracle working) power came in to the room with the sound like a rushing, mighty wind. The Holy Spirit blew into that room birthing the church and exploding out to the world with fire!
I never intended for the gospel of My Kingdom to be preached from the empty words of mere man, but endued and infused with My miracle working, dunamis power. My Word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Holy Spirit longs to use you to spread the love of Christ to this whole world. Yield to Him and He will breathe on your words igniting fires wherever He sends you. He will go before you preparing the way for the preaching of the gospel of My Kingdom. He will establish inroads into the hardest of hearts. My Word and My power working through the Holy Spirit will assure those I send you too that I Am God and have come to rescue them out from the darkness into the light. They will know that I have sent you!
My miracle working power will pour out of your obedience and submission in such ways that will amaze even you.
It is not by your might, nor in your power, it is by My Spirit says the Lord!
If you have never experienced the life changing baptism of the Holy Spirit, as the disciples encountered in the Upper Room, this is your opportunity. If you would like to receive the infilling of the dunamis (miracle working) power of the Holy Spirit so that you can outflow His power to others, you are invited to pray this prayer:
Precious Jesus, thank you for the blood sacrifice you made for me when You laid down Your life that I might receive forgiveness and redemption. You said You had to go away so the Holy Spirit could come and baptize me with fire. You also said that we do not have because we do not ask. So, I am asking You to baptize me with the Holy Spirit and fire. I want everything You have for me Lord. I want to receive every gift that You want to give me and allow the Holy Spirit to use me in those gifts as He directs. In this moment, I open my mouth and ask that You fill it with Your words that I will pray and speak Your perfect will in power! In Your Name I pray, Amen!