SCRIPTURES: 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. (See also Luke 24:49; ).
THOUGHT: Jesus’ promise of power in Acts 1:8 was fulfilled when the disciples received the power of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:1-4. The rest of the New Testament shows what happened after they received that power (See examples in Romans 4:33 & 15:19). Some want the power without submitting their heart to God and desire it for personal fame or to merchandise it for money – see Acts 8:18-22. God wants your heart right with Him first and then you can properly receive and effectively use the power He gives to you. See also Luke 1:35 & 10:19. The Holy Spirit gives you power also to overcome sin, mistakes, inadequacies and to live a life that is powerful and pleasing to God. If you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfil the sins of your human nature – (see Galatians 5:16-18). Also, as in the books of Acts and Romans, we receive boldness and power to tell others about Jesus, fulfilling the command of Christ in Matthew 28:19 & Mark 16:15.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I need Your Holy Spirit’s power to overcome in every area in my life. Jesus Christ died for my Salvation. I accept His death in my place. In Jesus’ name, I surrender my heart and life to You and humbly ask to receive this power for daily victory over sin in my life. I also desire the power to tell others what You have done, and are doing for me, and what You desire to do in their lives as well. Grant me the victories in my personal life and boldness in my public life so that I may tell others the Gospel story. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!