By J.R. Ensey
Did you get a gift for Christmas or your birthday that was supposed
to run, roll, jump, speak, record, play, shave or light upbut
wouldnt? Then you looked at the accompanying information and
read: Batteries not included! So before it could be
used you had to trek to the corner store and buy some batteries
to provide the power.
Thats the way it is with things that men make. The essential
power is not included. Thats why humanism, legalism, and other isms
dont achieve stated goalstheres no inherent power source.
But when God started this church He didn't neglect the powerBut
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
Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth
(Acts 1:8). The batteries are included!
With the Holy Ghost, He gave us:
POWER TO CHOOSE
Before we were born again we had no choice but to walk in the flesh.
The fruit of the natural mans life is described in Galatians 5:19-21
as fornication...idolatry...hatred... heresies...murders...etc.
Under the Law there was no compelling inner motivation to live according
to the standard of Moses. But under grace, with the new nature provided
by the Holy Ghost, there is reason, purpose, and deep motivation
to live for God.
A born-again believer can say I choose to be a Christian...Ive
found the life- source, a well of living waternot just a mossy
cistern or stagnant pool! The Holy Ghost experience and power
will motivate one to choose to love his brother and his neighbor.
He can choose righteousness instead of sin. He can choose to suffer
long when wronged, to resist the tendency to return evil for evil,
to overcome temptation. Choosing is a power, and that is part of
the Pentecostal package.
POWER TO STAND
It was not any easier to live for God in the first century than
it is today. The setting wasnt much differentthey were
surrounded by idolatry, homosexuality, fornication, greed and all
the rest. The temptation to step back into their old lifestyle was
ever present. But power from on high enabled them to stand!
Living the Jesus life requires the power of Pentecost. Spiritual
victory cannot be won by sheer human effort. This is why Jesus said,
Tarry until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke
To stand, we need a moral and ethical resistance beyond natural
ability. When we are under pressure on our job, or at school, in
the home, or even when were all alone, we need the power to
stand. As the chorus writer said, Though the whole world turn
against me...I wont turn back, I wont turn back.
POWER TO WITNESS
The evidence of Gods power in the lives of believers was not
going to be merely what they said or did, but who they were! It
was not the eloquence of their witness or what happened in their
ministry that speaks of the Presence and the Power. It would be
their character, integrity and changed lifestyle which revealed
the indwelling Spirit.
In witnessing, what we are speaks louder than what we say. What
we become is more important than what we do. There is a difference
in verbalizing the gospel and living it. A lot of people can talk
about Jesus but relatively few live the Jesus life. And that is
the most powerful witness of all.
If you are truly converted, people will listen. You dont have
to have a Ph.Djust a testimony! A man with an argument is
no match for a man with a testimony. A true testimony is living
power! So Jesus didnt give the church to the world without
batteries. The power is built in. It works!
Lets turn on the power to choose, to stand, to witnessand
affect our world for Jesus!