When you have to wait, by Dr. Charles Stanley

Clothed With Power

Luke 24:44-49

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). 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).
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).
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?

ABOUT DR.CHARLESSTANLEY Dr. Charles F. Stanley joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Atlanta in 1969 and became senior pastor in 1971. In 1982, Stanley...

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