April 9, 2018: Power of a Different Kind

Luke 24:49 (NIV)
49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

He said they would be clothed with power from on high.  What kind of power would this be?  Would it be power to work miracles?  Power to know all the answers to all the questions that plague mankind? Power to walk on water, etc?

Just what kind of power is this power from on high? We can answer that by observing what happens to people when the power from on high settles on them.

What do we observe happening in the early church when the Holy Spirit came on them in the Upper Room?  An overwhelming desire to praise God with everything they had.  An irresistible desire to make much of Christ no matter where they were.  A joy that nothing in this world would be able to stomp out.

You could torture them and they would still praise God, you could beat them and throw them in jail and they would keep singing his praises.  You could stone many of them and they would cry out for more of his praise.  You could dip them in oil and light them on fire in Nero’s garden parties and they would die with joy and gladness and smiles on their faces. You could warn them sternly to not ever talk of Jesus again and threaten them with all sorts of hardships but it would never phase them.

When this power from on high settled on them they would become an unstoppable force.  The love of God would be shed abroad in their hearts and they would be compelled to tell everyone they crossed paths with about this great and unsearchable grace they had been made partakers of.

I have only one question for you consider have you been clothed with power from on high yet?

 

Pastor Phil

 

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