I love every day examples of simple truth. Today I received information on a camp for our church youth group. While exploring the web, I noticed that the facilities have primitive campsites available, meaning there is no electric for those sites. That means that all lighting and cooking would come from battery operated or kerosene lanterns, propane camp stoves and the campfire itself. As much as I LOVE camping, I really could only handle a few days of the primitive lifestyle.
Later in the day the thought came to me that I would not like living without power, however, people do that every day. This is not only in the physical realm in many parts of the world but the spiritual as well. The following verses declare there is an invisible realm from which the visible realm is derived.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, (even) his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:
"Col 1:16 …for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist."
Power is a very important commodity. Power stations of various kinds are all over the world helping our world function faster and more efficiently than we can even imagine. From cell phones, dishwashers, and water heaters to the worldwide internet and lighting mega cities across the world, everything runs on some kind of power.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
What “power” was Jesus talking about? He was telling His believers to wait until the power of the Holy Spirit would come upon them so they could be the witnesses they needed to be in this world. If we were to cover the books of Acts and Corinthians, we would find many places where the Holy Spirit baptized the believers and they were endued with power from God. Then, they were heard speaking in tongues, magnifying and praising God! They preached the Word of God with more boldness than ever and God confirmed His Word taught with mighty signs and wonders.
Since Jesus’ last words before He ascended to heaven were for His followers to wait until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them, He must have known they needed that power!
Nearing the end of the world as we currently know it, we should be allowing the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit to invade our lives from sun up until sundown and even during our sleeping hours! His Word is powerful and we should be seeing His “super” on our “natural”.
Therefore, I’ve decided to not live without power. I need His power in operation every second of my life so I can function to full capacity as He has designed. I encourage anyone reading this to “hook up” with the power source from God!
– Rhea Mills, Executive Pastor