Ref: DCLM Workers Retreat, 2021.
Micah 3:8; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 5, 8
The work of God had always called for Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered workers. Moreover, in this end-time when Satan knows he has “but for a short time”, he has intensified his opposition to the promotion of the gospel’s work more than before. This therefore calls for a more dynamic or powerful approach for evangelical breakthrough. Hence, the empowerment of christian workers in the Spirit is of paramount and indispensable importance.
This is the time for christian workers to “Awake, awake, put on thy strength, (thy Spiritual strength)…” (Isaiah 52:1a). Christian workers need the Spirit’s power to rescue the “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14). Satan has kept many souls in the valley of decision, in the state of lukewarmness, complacency and indifferent to spiritual and eternal realities which will determine where they will spend eternity.
We shall divide the message into three parts:
- Priority Of The Power Of The Spirit
- Promise Of The Power Of The Spirit For The Sanctified
- Partaking Of The Power Of The Spirit For Service
- PRIORITY OF THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
Acts 1:8; 10:38; Isaiah 61:1; John 14:26
As christian workers, we are called not just to fulfil a natural assignment but a supernatural assignment. Hence the indispensability of the Spirit’s power. We should therefore seek with all earnestness to receive the Spirit in baptismal measure. Receiving the Spirit in baptismal measure will introduce us to the Gifts of the Spirit which are the manifestations of the Spirit (1Cor. 12:4, 7). The manifestations of the Spirit which are the Gifts of the Spirit are what we need to fulfil our specific ministerial calling as christian workers (1Corinthian 12:8-11). With the Gifts of the Spirit, we receive Ministry Gifts for specific ministry or service in the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 4:7, 11-14; 1Corinthians 12:27-31; Roman 12: 4-8). The Gifts of the Spirit and the Ministry Gifts are all divinely bestowed on worthy recipients by grace because our Lord Jesus Christ has paid the price at the cross (1Corinthians 12:7, 11; Ephesians 4:8)
2.PROMISE OF THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT FOR THE SANCTIFIED
Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4; Joel 2:28, 29; Luke 24:49; John 14:15-17
The christian experience of the Spirit baptism is consequent to the experience of sanctification. It is the promise of the Father to baptize sanctified believers, accompanied by initial evidence of speaking in a language unlearned previously. Biblically, we are not to be taught how to speak in tongues, it should be as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4). At the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we receive the power of God for fruitful, effective and profitable service. We are saved to serve (Luke 1:74, 75; Hebrews 9:14). Hence, our entire sanctification experience is meant to link us up to the power for service through the experience of the baptism of the Spirit.
When the christian worker is endued with the Power of God, he is in the gracious position not just to preach (or fulfil his ministry) with the enticing words of man’s wisdom but in the demonstration of the Spirit and Power of God (1Corinthians 2:4; Romans 15: 18, 19). With the Spirit’s enablement, we can do great exploits in God’s work as workers. The Spirit of God upon David affected Israel positively. Apostle Paul of old left his footprints in the history of the early church because of the Spirit of God upon him. “For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles” (Galatians 2:8). The same Spirit can be mighty in us to fulfil our ministries as workers (Colossians 4:17). But the question is “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” (Acts 19:2a). If not, why not? Be ready to claim the promise.
3.PARTAKING OF THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT FOR SERVICE
2Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:1, 2; Isaiah 44:3; Mark 11:22-24
The Spirit baptism is for believers who are saved, sanctified and separated unto the Lord in consecration for service. Every worker must leave the realm of powerlessness and giftlessness so as to be fruitful in service. We therefore need to arise and set the stage for the outpouring of the Spirit whose off-shoots are the Gifts of the Spirit for service. The following are important steps to receive the Spirit’s power:
- Genuine experience of salvation (John 3:3; 2Corinthians 5:17)
- Consecration and obedience to the word of God (Roman 12: 1, 2; Acts 5:32)
- Holiness of heart and life (Deuteronomy 30:6; Acts 15:9; 1Thesalonian 4:3)
- Strong desire or thirst for the Spirit in baptismal measure. (Isaiah 44:3; John 7:37-39)
- Asking in faith through prayer and in Jesus Name (Luke 11:9, 13; John 16: 24)
Knowing that the Holy Spirit baptism is essential for this divine assignment of ours, we must prayerfully meet the conditions above so that we can experience the power from on high. “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call” (Acts 2:39). Arise and claim the promise through prayer of faith and the Lord who is ever faithful and true to his words will fill your heart to over-following.