(Acts 2: 1 – 12)
1. The Constant Presence of the Holy Spirit:
2. Empowerment: Another
purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to empower us to do the
supernatural and the extraordinary. The Holy Spirit empowers for service
We had discussed the example of Saul and David.
In Num. 11:25, the Holy spirit of God came upon seventy elders of Israel and they prophesied.
In Num. 24:2 the Holy Spirit came upon Balaam and he blessed the children of Israel instead of cursing them.
In Judges 3:10 the spirit of God came upon Othniel the judge and he prevailed over God’s enemies
In Judges 6:34 the Holy Spirit came upon Gideon and he defeated the host of Midian with 300 men. There are many more examples of the empowerment by the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.
In Acts 1:8 the Bible says “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The Holy Spirit empowers us for service.
In Acts 2:1-4, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost and Peter preached a life transforming message under the anointing that brought 3000 souls to The kingdom of God.
In Acts 3, Peter and John healed the crippled man at the beautiful gate.
In Acts 4:29-31 the Apostles prayed under the anointing and preached the word of God with boldness
In Acts 5:12, the Apostles did many signs and wonders under the anointing
In Acts 6: 5,8 Stephen a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit did great wonders and miracles among the people
In Acts 7:55 Stephen full of the Holy Spirit saw the glory of God and was able to pray for his persecutors
In Acts 8:5-8, Philip full of the Holy Spirit preached and did miracles in Samaria
In Acts 10:44-48 gentile Believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and they spake in tongues
In Acts 13:1-5, Paul and Barnabas received commission as missionaries by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.