Power of the Holy Spirit

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Dr. Robin Harris Kimbrough

We all experience those time when we feel weak and powerless. When we are in these situations, many of us turn to energy drinks and pills to help us to get through the day. There is another remedy Jesus has given us to deal with those times when we feel like our eyes are about to shut on our dreams: the ability to stand against sin on the challenges of the day. The remedy is the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ within us. He is the person of God who dwells within us who teaches, guides, and gives us power to do what God has called us to do. The Holy Ghost keeps us from losing the zest for the things God has for us. Luke, the writer of Acts, makes it clear: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,” Acts 1:8.

After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to the disciples and let them know that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit. They waited and prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. This is what we must do in those times when we feel like we are lost, want to give up, and throw in the towel. We must pray for the power of the Holy Spirit. If we are willing, the Holy Spirit will give us power to witness to the power of Jesus Christ.

The power of the Holy Spirit is at work when we want to cuss someone out, but we choose to pray for them instead. The power of the Holy Spirit is at work when we are sitting in traffic on the edge of our seats, ready to blow the horn loudly, but we choose to wait patiently, pray, praise and meditate.

The Holy Spirit is at work when we want to hear a juicy piece of gossip, but we decide to walk away from the conversation. The Holy Spirit is also at work when we make decisions to sin, participate in the gossip, cuss the person out, blown the horn loudly, but then that sense of guilt descends urging repentance. That is the power of the Holy Spirit. We need it. We can become powered by the Holy Spirit through our prayers. The more we pray, the more we can become in tune to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Prayer gives us understanding and authority over our flesh, as well as the devil, not because of what we say—but because of the spirit dwelling within our prayers. The Holy Spirit is present in our prayers and activated because of prayer. In those times when we feel weak and worn, pray and experience the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit.