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Daily Devotional

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by K. Neill Foster

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for November 22, 2018

Wait for the Power

Text: "He gave them this command: . . ." Acts 1:4.

Jesus gave some very dramatic last commands to his faithful disciples and to the church. At this juncture, He has been resurrected from the dead. All the post-resurrection events have taken place. He is about to ascend to the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is about to be released to come. Into this incomprehensibly pivotal situation, Jesus speaks.

"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. . . . But 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."

These words, uttered so long ago, still resonate today. They offer a principle which is not be violated in the spiritual life: Christians still need --yes, require --the empowering of the Holy Spirit. If they fail to wait for that enduement, probably they should not be going anywhere at all.

Charles G. Finney put it something like this, "If we fail to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we sin against God in direct proportion to all the wrong we will do because we are not filled with the Holy Spirit."

Sober words, indeed.