Do We Still Believe in the Holy Spirit’s Power?

by Kathryn Mulolani

Do We Still Believe in the Holy Spirit’s Power?Jesus came to earth to mediate the new covenant with His blood. In fulfilling His purpose, the gospels give clear descriptions of how He walked intimately with the Father and perfectly fulfilled His earthly ministry. He taught and preached on kingdom principles after He walked and demonstrated the reality of those principles (Acts 1:1).

In both Old and New Testaments, we see clear demonstrations of the power of God through the operation of the Spirit of God upon ordinary people. Ordinary people were called by the Lord to become vessels through which dimensions of His power could flow. These ordinary people include Jesus, a carpenter’s son. The Gospel of Luke tells us that after His supernatural conception and birth, Jesus increased “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52). When Jesus turned 30 years old, His ministry began with two distinct events. First, He was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). Second, Jesus was tempted for 40 days by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Then Jesus returned “filled with the power of the Spirit” to Galilee (Luke 4:14) and began His ministry.

Jesus’ ministry was marked with preaching and teaching that carried the authority of God, demonstrations of power and authority over demons, every sickness and disease, and death itself. He demonstrated power over the elements of creation when He stilled the wind and waves (Mark 4:35-41) and cursed the fig tree so that it shriveled instantaneously (Mark 11:12-26). In short, He demonstrated dominion over the creative works of God (Genesis 1:28). There was no limit to the power the Father was able to channel through Jesus. At each moment the Father was able to fully express Himself through the Lord Jesus’ life. The key is that Jesus was completely yielded to the will of the Father in every area of His life. A consequence of this yielding was intimate union with the Father during each step of His ministry.

“The Lord is yearning to fully express Himself through each of us. Do we still believe His power is available for all who would pay the price to walk in it?”

The disciples were asked to wait until they received power for the task ahead of them. As we read further on, this power enabled them to do the works of Jesus as they gave witness to His death and resurrection. We see the works of Jesus being performed by His disciples as they spread the gospel of the kingdom in Jerusalem and beyond. Jesus successfully reproduced and multiplied His ministry in the first apostles. His one statement to them and us remains as the key to this ministry: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:12-14, NIV).

We have to ask ourselves whether the baptism in us has been completed. Have we truly experienced the reality of Galatians 2:20? “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Is the self-life crucified in experience or is there still an expression of it each day? The Lord Jesus was dead to His own desires and wants and made Himself available for the Father to flow through in power and authority (John 4:34; 5:19). The cost of walking in the power of God is total death to self—it is a high and exacting price. Only as we are experientially walking in Galatians 2:20 can the power of God flow through us unhindered.

All members of the body of Christ are invited to participate in this relationship of intimacy with the Father through a yielding of every part of our lives to Him. As we respond to this wooing of the Spirit, we will enter into the dimension of intimacy the Lord desires to have with us. It is then that the Lord will be able to perform His will through us as these vessels become totally available for Him to flow through. This is the life that will impact communities, cities and nations: one that is filled with light and love, which are the essence of who God is. The Lord is looking for a people through whom He can express Himself. We are created in the image of God; we partake of His divine life and have His authority for this express purpose. The Lord is yearning to fully express Himself through each of us. Do we still believe His power is available for all who would pay the price to walk in it?

shareThis editorial appeared in the March 2005 issue of testimony, a monthly publication of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. At the time of writing, Kathryn Mulolani was the PAOC communications co-ordinator and testimony editor. © 2005 The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Photo © istockphoto.com.

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