God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and … He went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil.—Acts 10:38
How much spiritual power is projected from our lives into a lost and dying world? If we are honest, we will be compelled to say, “Very little.”
A sign on the door of the electricity company stated: “The electric bell is not working—please knock.” All our signs, making great claims for the gospel, are cancelled out if power is not apparent in our everyday lives. The Holy Spirit’s power is not confined to delighting the saints with manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit in our church gatherings, but in empowering them for effective witness in the world. We must watch that we do not degenerate into being simply consumers of blessing rather than channels of blessing.
Recently I have had a stream of letters telling me how God has been leading people to pray for healing from sickness for their non-Christian friends—and remarkable things have happened as a result. Some would regard it as doctrinally incorrect to pray for a person’s healing if that person is not a Christian. Jesus did it, and so did Paul. I feel that the Holy Spirit is nudging me to say that, in the future, one of the ways by which we will see multitudes won to Christ is by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us in supernatural signs and wonders. God is calling us to launch out into the deep.
O Father, something within me seems to draw back at the borders of the supernatural. Give me the faith and expectancy, however, to step over that line and demonstrate to others that I am not just a consumer, but a channel of Your blessings. Amen.
Ac 3:1-13; Isa 53:5; Lk 4:18; 1Co 12:9
What were Peter and John doing after the Spirit’s coming?
How did they respond to the lame man?