I was once visiting with a couple of people who came to my door promoting their particular church. They were part of a well known group which covers entire cities door to door. These folks were explaining the meaning of this passage to me. They said that the Holy Spirit gave them the power to knock on doors and without the Holy Spirit they wouldn’t be able to do that.
I suppose there is some truth to that, but I don’t think that is the intended truth of this passage. In fact, if that was the primary application here then I suppose those who sell anything door-to-door could claim to be Spirit filled. I have known encyclopedia salesman, vacuum cleaner salesmen, picture salesmen, and a myriad of other salesman who all go door-to-door and, frankly, they didn’t seem to be Spirit filled (not Holy Spirit anyway).
This passage is referring to the powerful confirmation which is to accompany the telling of the gospel story. Notice Mark 16:20, “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” That is Holy Spirit power.
When Holy Spirit descended upon the believers on the day of Pentecost he did so with a powerful demonstration. There was a mighty wind, tongues of fire and they praised God in a language that all could understand. Over 15 nations were present and it was said that they all heard the believers praising God in their own language.
Another instance of Holy Spirit power is in Acts 4 when they prayed for the Lord to, “Heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” When Holy Spirit came upon them the place where they were praying was shaken and they spoke the word of God boldly. That is Holy Spirit power.
Prayer: Lord, grant me Holy Spirit power in my witness so that people can easily see the truth of Christ and salvation. In Jesus name, amen.
You Can Go Further With This Devotion
Every one of the inspiring devotions in the Daily God Walk seem to stimulate us to grow in our journey of faith. To facilitate that growth we offer the Study Guide Edition which includes:
- A section that pinpoints the message of that devotion
- An affirmation to affirm the message in prayer and meditation
- A section of reflection which is good for personal development as well as being good to use for discussion material in a small group setting.
- Also there is a a section called, "My Notes." This is an excellent tool to help you journal your thoughts daily.
Message: Jesus said, "I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high… You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Affirmation: I daily submit myself to Holy Spirit so that I might be filled with his power and he will confirm the truth of the message of Christ with evident manifestations.
Reflection: Jesus declared that when Holy Spirit came he would bring great spiritual power. My question is this: Have you experienced power in your witness of Christ? If not then maybe you are not yet fully walking in the Spirit. Think on it.