Charles Stanley (November-23-2020) Daily Devotion: Clothed With Power.
Luke 24:44-49 - 44 Now He said to them, These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."
The power of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus referred to as “the promise of My Father” (Luke 24:49), is available to everyone who has trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation. But unfortunately, many believers neglect the Spirit’s power and try to do God’s work in their own human energy.
Consider the difference between a sedan and a race car. Both vehicles run, but what is under the hood of the race car makes it far more powerful than the sedan. This is similar to the difference between relying on ourselves and relying on the Spirit of God.
We often think that the power of the Holy Spirit is available only to pastors and missionaries, but this power is available to every believer (Eph. 1:19 - and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might). It is easier to access when we are ...
- Convicted of our inadequacy. This means acknowledging we cannot do anything apart from Jesus (John 15:5 - I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.).
Repentant. Sin short-circuits the power of the Holy Spirit, but confession and repentance maintain fellowship with God.
- Prayerful. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf when we come to God in prayer (Rom. 8:26-27 -26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God).
- When we trust God to provide the stamina for the work He calls us to do, we are clothed in power. Is your confidence in yourself or in Him?