One of the biggest worries during a weather storm is the loss of power. Without electricity in the home, it is impossible to function because without it, there is no source of heat or air, preservation of food, or the ability to prepare food. And there is definitely no source of entertainment or Internet. None of these things can work without power. Relying on generators or batteries may only provide a temporary source of power. The Energizer Bunny will eventually stop going. What holds true for physical survival always applies true to spiritual survival—we need power to function in this life.
Our source of power is not contained in an electrical box—our source is the Holy Spirit. Paul writes in Romans 3:5: “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” We cannot get through life’s sufferings and benefit from our suffering without the Holy Spirit. We may be able to operate on some level, but for us to have power to awaken in the morning, to defeat negative thinking, and to live the way God wants us to live—the power of the Holy Spirit is required. This is the hope that only the Holy Spirit can bring forth in our suffering.
We can look around our world and communities, and it seems as if the power has been shut off. There are hungry people in third world countries and even in Nashville, Tennessee. We need power. Look at the growing spirit of racial hatred and cultural insensitivities. We need power. Although we have progressed medically, there are many people suffering with all types of illnesses. We need power. We need emotional healing, forgiveness, and deliverance. The only way to accomplish all of this is through the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is active in our lives, the Holy Spirit will guide and direct, according to the will of God. Then we will have power. This power enables us to deal with sin, temptation, and hard decision-making.
This power also gives us the boldness to discern evil powers and overcome them. Often we feel weak and powerless against our own fleshly desires and even more against oppressive forces. But the Holy Spirit wants to help us. He will empower us to conqueror our flesh and fears.
We do not need to be bitten by a spider, come from outer space, or take on the persona of a bat to have the power to change the world, to fight evil, and to improve someone else’s life. All we have to do is to permit the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us, and we will receive power.
Jesus provided us an example of what the Holy Spirit can do—heal, forgive, and even resurrect. We need power.