Our Power: A Pentecost Devotional

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.”

All throughout the Bible you can read of the amazing signs and wonders of God’s power. From creating the waters in Genesis 1 to parting the waters in Exodus 14, from carving tablets of stone in Exodus 20 to using a tiny stone, a slingshot, and a young boy with big faith to slay a giant in 1 Samuel 17 — God has done great things.

God’s greatness of power is not only displayed in accounts of the Old Testament, but also God has given you this same power today, as God had then. If you follow Jesus, then the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. Acts 1:8 says you receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. The Holy Spirit is who empowers you to spread the gospel. He lovingly directs the intentions of your heart and the choices in your mind. You are not controlled like a robot, but rather transformed into a powerful, meaningful member of God’s family, motivated by the Spirit of God.

As you celebrate Pentecost, remember God has done great things in the past. Every page of the Bible proves it over and over. However, the story doesn’t end there. God has given you an opportunity to join in the story and play a vital role that only you can play. God has made you perfectly suited for the exact thing He needs you to do for Him — and He gives you everything you need through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray, asking God to give you opportunities to be a part of His story and display Holy Spirit power and love to a world who so desperately needs it.

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