Imagine a life full of power, the same power that brought life to chaos, the same power that brought life and resurrection to the dead body of Jesus. Now imagine a life where you are comforted by God, led into Holiness not by a law but by God himself. Imagine a life where God sits by you and teaches you His Word.
Imagine a life where your words were empowered to lead people to Jesus. Imagine a life that instead of being ran by fear was rather animated by power, love and a sound mind.
Imagine a life where when, you feel voiceless, and have no idea what to pray or say and then God himself prays, or speaks through you.
Imagine a life where you are empowered with an extra-ordinary gift that is used to build up others, and to strengthen your church.
Imagine a life where you become the residence of God. Where you become a temple for the creator of all. Where you and others become the most sacred and holy place on earth. Imagine a life where God chooses to dwell in you.
Imagine a life suddenly in a blink of an eye, in a flicker of light, this promise becomes a reality.
You have suddenly moved from life as you have known it, to the last days of an old way of doing life, that will soon be replaced by Life, Joy and Beauty for eternity.
This is the reality of the Holy Spirit and this is the promise of the prophets of old that is now fulfilled in the life of every believer, thanks to Jesus.
In Jeremiah 31 the prophet tells us one of the great benefits of this promise.
The promise says, no longer will we be ruled by the written law but, thanks to the Holy Spirit, God’s law will be written on our hearts. In other words, the author of the Law will move into our very essence and begin to produce a life that fulfills the law – Love God and Love Others.
Imagine a life of holiness, not through your own power but rather through the power of the Holy Spirit. In another place Paul tells his audience to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases Him.
No longer are we motivated by the fear of the law but, now we are moved by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. But wait there is more.
Over a thousand years later, Jesus is crucified, buried and resurrects. Before he ascends to the Father he gives his followers a promise. “Wait for the Holy Spirit, when He comes upon you, you will receive power to be my witness.” And that is what happened. The Spirit fell in a mighty way and the followers of Jesus were empowered with a supernatural ability to witness to the resurrection and Lordship of Jesus.
But in Acts, Peter stands up and declares this miracle is the fulfillment of Joel and that it is a promise for all. That means all of us can experience the same promise.
Not only is God in you working and giving you the power and desire to fulfill His will but the Holy Spirit is also desiring to fill you with incredible power to expand his Kingdom, and to encourage one another. We have been given an incredible promise, a promise of life and a promise of power. As Paul said, “We have not been given a spirit of fear but, of power, love and a sound mind.
This promise is for you, your children and your grandchildren. This promise is for all of us.