Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
June 10, 2021
Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit
I closed the door behind me, ensured it locked so my hotel room was secure, and I headed toward the elevator to attend a full-day conference. Stepping off the elevator into the bustling lobby, I made a cup of coffee and checked my phone before walking to my car.
That’s when I got the dreaded “low-power mode” notice. I thought I’d charged my phone while I slept, but something went wrong. My phone was close to shutting down and, until then, I’d be running on low power.
Most of us will do just about anything to avoid having to use our phone in low-power mode. We’ll borrow a charger from a stranger or purchase a portable power stick at the store. Who wants to live with low power, limited capability and frustrating results?
And yet, this is exactly how many of us have become accustomed to living the Christian life because we aren’t living in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Maybe we’re choosing to keep the Holy Spirit at arm’s length because of the baggage that’s been attached to Him, making us fear He’ll make us strange. Or maybe we just don’t know the dramatic difference that Pentecost is meant to make in our daily lives.
Pentecost occurred 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection and 10 days after His ascension. It was the day the Father fulfilled His promise to pour out the Holy Spirit not just onto but into His people (Acts 1:5-9).
At 9 in the morning, the Holy Spirit was unleashed in the Upper Room in Jerusalem into 120 people, including the disciples, and each one received the supernatural power of God that forever changed how we get to experience God’s presence and power now.
This power continues to defy human understanding and supersede human capability.
When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples at Pentecost “there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them” (John 2:2–3).
And they were empowered to speak other known and recognizable languages they had not personally known how to speak previously.
The good news of salvation in Jesus was now accessible to every nation and language. God ordained it, and the Holy Spirit enabled it!
Ordinary, even fearful, people who were gathered in a room, just waiting for the Holy Spirit to come, as Jesus had instructed them to do, were radically transformed into people who preached the gospel with clarity, conviction and courage. They became conduits of God’s power, to bring healing and hope, for the praise of God’s name, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit that filled the disciples at Pentecost also filled Jesus and empowered Him for His earthly ministry at His baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. This is the same power Jesus had when He was tempted to sin by Satan and didn’t succumb, and the same power He had when He performed miracles, healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out demons.
This is the same resurrection power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!
And this is the same power of the Holy Spirit that is deposited in us today when we put our trust in Jesus! (John 14:16-18)
But if we don’t intentionally welcome and depend on His empowering presence, we will never know the abundance available to us in Jesus Christ!
This is why it’s not enough to acknowledge His existence but avoid Him as part of the Christian experience. We rob ourselves from experiencing the power of God when we neglect the significance of the Holy Spirit’s work in us, because no matter how hard we strive, human effort cannot produce supernatural results.
We don’t need more willpower. We need more Spirit-power.
When battling toxic thinking, facing a frightening diagnosis, navigating financial hardship, fighting fear over an uncertain future, struggling in a difficult marriage, feeling hopeless over foolish choices our children are making, or feeling stuck in strongholds or addictions, we can confidently call on the power of the Holy Spirit, who is our supernatural Helper.
If His power can raise our Savior from the grave, just think of what He can do in us and through us when we lean into His strengthening presence!
One More Thought
Keep the Power Supply Open
The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm, compassion, or bravado. He might stimulate such emotions, but he himself is a person. He determines itineraries (Acts 16:6), distributes spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), he comforts (John 16:7).
Jesus promised, “He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17 Occasional guest? No sir.
The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children.
As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.
Well then why do we suffer from power failures?
We turn to him to get us started, and then continue in our own strength.
The same hand that pushed back the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt.
The same power that stirred the heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith.
The same strength that put Satan on his heels can—and will—defeat Satan in your life.
Just keep the power supply open.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis, Jeannie Cunnion & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God