TODAY’S TEXT: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost comes 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". Acts 1:8 KJV
We saw from yesterday that our spirit man is essential to our make up. This we capture on Day 1 with these words which are recaptured below
"God-breathed into man His Spirit, and man became a living soul. At the impartation of God's Spirit, man became energized, living, functional and powerful! And somehow everything man as created as a machine has followed the same formulae, there is the physical component and there is the power source! Almost every machine, devise, technology created works on this model: there is a power source that makes things work and functional. For us as God's creation, our Spirit is the essence of our being and our power source for functional and successful living"
This power source, however, is activated by the outpouring of God's Spirit on us. The scripture for today tells us that through the baptism of the Spirit of God we receive power for effective, functional and successful living as believers! Jesus walked and worked with the same spiritual pattern while on the earth, in Luke 4:14 the Bible records that he 'returned in the power of the Spirit and his fame went abroad'. In the next thirty days, we will return in the power of the Spirit and the effect will be seen all around us.
When the disciples got empowered in Acts 2, there was a change of level and a change of story for them: they became men who turned the world upside down(Acts 17:6). These were men who prior to the baptism of the Holy Spirit were cowards, they were weak. People often talked about how Peter betrayed Jesus. How did that happen? Peter was the only one following Jesus as he was taking from one place to another during his trial. The other disciples were nowhere to be seen, they all fled, all out of sight that they were not even in a position to be questioned about their allegiance to the Lord! That all changed in Acts 2, the power came and they begin to turn their world upside down! This power came through the activation of our spirit by the impartation of the Spirit of God!
From Acts 2 all the apostles did was to swim deeper in the waters of God's Spirit and the deeper walk they had with God the greater works they experienced on the earth. Ezekiel 47 gives a prophetic insight into the effects of a deeper walk with God. This is typified by the prophet swimming deeper into waters and as he swam deeper in the water he grew in power and stature. The deeper waters brought healing to all trees and the nation. Whatsoever comes in contact with these water receives the life of God!
"Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward, he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters rose, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over....Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh(Ezekiel 47:1-5,8-9)
Jesus in Luke 4, went in search of greater impartation by the Spirit of God. He went for the deeper waters in order to experience greater works on the earth. And when the waters poured out on his Spirit he declared in Luke 4:18, " God's Spirit is upon me and has positioned and empowered me for diverse and greater works here on the earth'. Today God's Spirit wants to rest on your spirit afresh and position you for greater works on the earth. Come swim in deeper waters today! A deeper dip in the waters of life gives s us greater leap in the journey of life.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord helps me to swim in the deeper waters of your Spirit. Help me to go all out for you.
TODAY'S THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A deeper dip in the waters of life gives us a greater leap in the journey of life.