“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)~~
Electricity is an invisible resource we take for granted, but several hours or even minutes without it makes us realize how much we need it. Electricity has power within itself that cannot be seen, but if you hold a piece of metal between your fingers and stick it in one of your home’s electrical outlets – you will experience its power! We can see its visible power when we turn on a switch to light up a room. Electricity has the power to run equipment that can cool our house, cook our food, freeze water, and toast our bread for breakfast. The power of electricity is very real and readily available, whether or not we choose to use it. And if we mess with it in the wrong way, electricity can discipline us as well as help us.
But the invisible, available power we have in our homes is nothing compared to the power that all of us who know Jesus Christ have in our lives in the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the invisible presence and power of God. The Spirit is deposited in the life of every believer at the moment of salvation and will never abandon us – we have a royal resident in our lives, the indwelling Holy Spirit. One of the Spirit’s most important roles is to empower you and me to live supernatural lives. He is also the invisible power source for us as the collective body of believers, the Church. But the Holy Spirit is not merely a nice addendum to the Christian faith. He is at the heart and core of it. He is not merely a force or an influence. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is promised to us by God. If everything in life emanates from the knowledge of God, then it’s safe to say that everything in the Christian life emanates from the knowledge of the Holy Spirit.
The clear implication of Jesus’ words here is that the disciples would not have power until the Spirit came: Spiritual power is not simply a concept to be understood but a reality to be experienced. Believer, you have the Holy Spirit living within you – and that means you have as much of Jesus as those first disciples had, even though Jesus lived and walked among them for more than three years. You do not have to go back in time to be with Jesus. He is with you right now in the person of the Holy Spirit. That is why the Holy Spirit is often called “the Spirit of Christ.”
Friend, you have as much spiritual potential as any other believer because you have the Holy Spirit in all His fullness. He can take you into a realm that, in your natural state, you could never enter: the realm of spiritual power!