Scripture shows us that the Source of power in Jesus’ life and ministry was the Holy Spirit:
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
Even after His resurrection, He still depended upon the Holy Spirit:
“Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen” (Acts 1:2).
The Lord is our pattern for total dependence upon the Holy Spirit, and He promised that we would receive the same Holy Spirit that had empowered Him:
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:37-39)
Our Limitless Resource
Consider what Jesus meant by “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). The phrase “out of his belly” refers to your innermost being. He’s saying that the Holy Spirit is your limitless resource, an everlasting fountain. All you will ever need will be completely fulfilled and satisfied by the Holy Spirit—every longing and every desire in your life.
According to John 14:15-18, the Holy Spirit is our Parakletos—our Counselor, Comforter, and Helper. And He is with us forever. Without the Holy Spirit we would be like orphans, with no one to care for us. But with Him, we have full provision.
And since that day when the Holy Spirit came, as promised by our Lord Jesus, He has been and still is the personal resident representative of the Godhead on earth. Without Him, we are powerless.
Jesus was anointed by and dependent upon the Holy Spirit. God the Father was with Him by the Spirit. When Paul preached that message, the known world was revolutionized.
I have heard many pioneers of the faith share the message of utter dependency upon the Holy Spirit. Kathryn Kuhlman preached it, which is why God used her so dramatically. Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Rex Humbard all preached it, and each touched generations for Christ.
As a result of teaching dependence on the Holy Spirit, God used David Wilkerson to shake New York City to its core—and Ralph Wilkerson to reach Southern California. I could go on and on.
Without His power, we will fail and fall back into bondage, just like we were before we were saved. We know this because the Word of God tells us that where the Holy Spirit is (not was), “there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Only the Holy Spirit sets people free.
It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past or what formulas you try today; without the Holy Spirit, you will fail.
Only the Holy Spirit can fill you with God’s power. It’s why the Spirit is here on the earth.
What Really Happened at Pentecost?
Freedom and power are why the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost. Just before the Lord’s ascension, Jesus promised:
“John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” (Acts 1:5).
That baptism took place on the Day of Pentecost:
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
What happened on Pentecost was the manifestation and fulfillment of the promise made by our Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit descended from heaven in person in the form of a mighty wind, filled each one of the 120 individuals in the room, and gave them His power!
The apostle Peter declared that because Jesus was exalted and glorified, the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost took place:
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (Acts 2:32-33)
At Pentecost, the believer’s went from being powerless, oppressed, and lacking to being filled with God’s power, strength, guidance, and direction!
Are you ready for this infilling, too?
The Key of God’s Power Today
The key to the power of God is the person of the Holy Spirit who brings freedom and power. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives you the power to:
1. Live a life that pleases God:
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).
2. Know the truth:
“When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11).
3. Be free from sin’s dominion:
“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
4. Be strengthened in your inner man:
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).
Paul also tells us that when we are led by the Holy Spirit, our prayer life will be powerful, not chaotic:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
With the Holy Spirit, we have full provision, guidance, and protection. And we have the power to fight sin effectively.
What are you lacking today?
How can you go from being powerless and oppressed to being filled with God’s power, strength, guidance, and direction?
Just as the first-century Christians did, you must depend on the Holy Spirit. Only with Him in charge can you succeed.
Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
Paul asked the Ephesians if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. When he found out that they didn’t have a clue, he taught them and instructed the believers to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Today, 2,000 years after Pentecost, too many believers still don’t fully understand the difference between the external Christ and the indwelling Christ.
Knowing Him in your head and heart is wonderful, but the power doesn’t come until you surrender your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
He wants to fill you to overflowing so you can live an abundant life. And only when you are filled will you be able to go forth, preaching everywhere, the Lord working with you and confirming the Word with signs following.
I challenge you: don’t rest until you understand, receive, and experience the power of the Holy Spirit that belongs to you. Your life will never be the same!