Holy Spirit Power

Read Acts 6:8 - “And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.”

Read Acts 1:8  - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

     When you read Stephen’s story, you will see a man filled with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, faith, grace and consequently, power. (Acts 6:3, 5, 8) It is important to note that Stephen was said to have been filled with the Spirit even prior to his being appointed by the apostles as one of the seven new leaders with the duty of overseeing food distribution to the widows. As a result of the Spirit’s power in Stephen’s life, he was “doing great wonders and signs among the people.” Scholars believe this to mean that he would have been participating in healing, casting out demons and teaching, in addition to his administrative job of food distribution. Once Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit, his life changed dramatically and that change was an instrument in changing the lives of those around him as well. Today, the same Holy Spirit with His life-changing power is available to each one of us who have received Jesus as our Savior.

     The word ‘power’ in the original Greek is, δύναμις dýnamis, which means force, miraculous power, mighty wonderful work. This is the same word for ‘power’ that we also see in Acts 1:8. This dynamite-type power is the same power available to us today as believers. According to the verses we read today, as well as many more that can be found in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit's power enables us to have abundant and fruitful lives. God's power is available to us in order that our lives would effect change in people's lives around us and to further the kingdom of God.

As a believer, are you living life with the Holy Spirit the way God’s word says you can and will? What kind of fruit is exhibited in a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit? (See Galatians 5:22-24)

What can you do in order to effect change in the lives of people around you? Spend time in prayer and ask God to fill you with His Spirit and to give you a specific assignment to accomplish for Him this week.