The power of the Holy Spirit is real. It is both special and extraordinary. The more we understand the power of the Holy Spirit, the more we are able to utilize it. He is a Person who has equal power to the Father and the Son. He has this power at work within us that can do far more abundantly than we can ever ask or think. Being clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit is being clothed with power from on high. And such power must be used to expand the world of missions and the kingdom of GOD.
In Acts 1:8, we are told that we “shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” The verse tells us that His power is greatly necessary for evangelism and being a witness to Christ. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is more than just acquiring wisdom and knowledge of God; it is also being able to discover the powers of our Lord. This includes healing, prophesying, revival, gaining more strength, and an increase of faith.
The Power of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
The power of the Holy Spirit fell upon the Christians at Pentecost. (Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.) tells us that they were “filled with the Holy Spirit.” This fullness of His power came upon Christians and the Church at that time. The people who were filled with the Holy Spirit at that time were able to speak languages they had never spoken before. The Pentecost gave us an idea that, indeed, with man it is impossible but with God, it is truly possible.
Apart from being able to speak other languages, Acts 4:8 tells us that the Apostles become bolder than ever, speaking to the rulers of the people. The power of the Holy Spirit gave them courage. Fear, anxiety, and worries were thrown into oblivion. It was a monumental event, and many became strong witnesses of Christ. In Acts 6:6-10, Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit and faith, and the Jews could not withstand the wisdom with which he spoke! The Bible also tells us that Stephen was able to gaze into heaven and saw the glory of God. Moreover, he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
Aside from Peter and Stephen, Barnabas and Paul were also filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:24, Acts 13:9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him). In Paul’s letter, we are able to witness the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit that is made available and accessible not only to the Apostles but to all Christians as well. Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:16 that according to the riches of His glory He might grant you to be strengthened (other translations state “empowered”) with might through his Spirit in the inner man. As Christians, we need to believe whatever the Bible is saying about the Holy Spirit. We must be aware of this power since it is essential in helping us share the Word of God with others and inspire them to live Christ-like lives.
Two Ways to Seek the Power of the Holy Spirit
1. Read and Believe the Word of God
One can expect to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit if he or she is filled with the Word of God. Remember how Jesus Christ quoted the Holy Scripture when He was attacked by the devil (Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.). We are effective witnesses of God if we primarily use the Word of God (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:28). We must be loaded with the Word of God if we want to enjoy the many benefits of the Power of the Holy Spirit. Believing in the Word of God is also crucial. Paul writes in Galatians 3:5, “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?” Well, the simple answer is “Hearing the Word of God.” And if we believe in the Word of God, then we must be obedient to it.
2. Praying and Fasting
Praying and fasting are also important if we are to seek and experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Just like the disciples of Christ in the Bible, we must devote ourselves to prayer (Acts 1:13). If we want to be bold in sharing the Word of God, then we must be filled with the Holy Spirit, and this is made possible if we pray and fast. Jesus told us in Luke 11:13, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Pray and ask, and it shall be yours!
The Fullness of the Power
With the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to accomplish far more than we can imagine or think. The power of the Holy Spirit is unlike any other. It is incomparable, and the fullness of His power is unfathomable. His powers are the riches of the glory of God. But how can one experience the power of the Holy Spirit if they have no idea about its existence and measure? It is through the Lord and Jesus Christ alone that we can experience the full power of the Holy Spirit. The whole Church must have faith and knowledge of this.
The power of the Holy Spirit is indeed immense and supernatural. Regardless of your life situation, trust in Him that He will supply you with strength, wisdom, knowledge, and courage. The Power of the Holy Spirit is yours if you have faith. Need healing? Do you long for peace? Want to restore broken relationships? In need of wisdom in your business or work? Then ask for the Power of the Holy Spirit! It is yours and is given to us generously.