Here is an excerpt from page 131 of the NLT (New Testament Bible)-New Believer’s Bible, How to Find God; about Acts 1:8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
One of the greatest things the Holy Spirit wants to do in the life of the believer is to empower his or her witness. The word for power in this verse comes from the Greek word dunamis, from which we get the words dynamite, dynamic, and dynamo. God didn’t give us the power of the Holy Spirit to feel something, but to accomplish something.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit’s power acts like dynamite in our lives, blasting us with zeal, jolting us out of complacency, and motivating us to greater spiritual growth. At other times, God’s Spirit is like a dynamic, generating power that will help us live from day to day at a level we could not achieve on our own.
“At other times, God’s Spirit is like a dynamic, generating power that will help us live from day to day at a level we could not achieve on our own.“
Often times, when we are not reaching our goals we think that God isn’t with us or that we aren’t being empowered by the Holy Spirit. We end up stuck, waiting to feel something, waiting for this big push; and yes the Holy Spirit manifests itself in our life and in the lives of others in such a manner. But in thinking that way, our motives become self-centred and not Christ-centred.
I think of how far the Lord had brought me, from one day to another. Sometimes, it doesn’t look like there is much action or dynamic going on, but I know and am assured that there is an extraordinary force, a power, behind my every move. Our heavenly Father is ever-present, omniscient and equips us in the day to day. He truly does help us to live daily at a level we CANNOT achieve on our own.
With this revelation, I don’t have an excuse. I shouldn’t. And neither should you.