The subject of power and the mode of its empowerment in the life of believers is a very broad topic that entails serious and conscious concentrations. The beginning of divine impartation and empowerment in the holy ghost started in Acts 1:8. There the Lord Jesus Christ promised the disciples the gift of the holy ghost which would be endowed on the disciples from the Father.
In Acts 2:1-15, the Lord fulfils the promise of the holy ghost baptism. From then, the power of witnessing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ broadened up and the rest is a full-blown testimony for us all. Now, the Lord Jesus Christ before He fulfilled the promise of the holy ghost empowerment in Acts 1:8, He instructs them to wait, patiently for the promise, which He has told them of the empowerment from God.
In contemporary Christian life and spiritual experiences, there are some requirements to be fulfilled in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. In being endowed with power from on high, there are some devotions and decisions believers are expected to make and be deeply involved in. As much as the Lord would want to give out His gifts of the Holy Spirit, He also expects some criteria to be met, and some commitment on the part of believers.
1. The Walk of faith:
The stand of the Bible in the book of Hebrews 11:1. The Bible clarifies the meaning of the term faith and the expectations of God towards believers in the aspect of faith. Faith in what you cannot see, and what you cannot fathom is what the Lord respects and cherish in the life of the believers.
Fulfilling the promise of living for God and doing His will in faith would qualify a believer in the endowment of the Holy Spirit.
2. Thirst and Walking towards attainment:
No one has ever achieved anything in life without having to thirst and covet it. Anything in life that a man would ever achieve must be passionately driven. To be empowered in the Lord, you must be someone who is always passionately driven to be filled by the power of God. God respects the passion of man towards the gifts of God. It must be a positive passion that is driven towards the glory of God and the benefit of mankind. There must be insatiable pursuit towards achieving it. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews 10:36
"For ye need patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise".
The will of God in this sense is the already mentioned passionate walk in the things of God and rhe pursuit of power, to be filled. This would require your various involvement in spiritual exercises and services for God.
3. Fasting and Prayers:
The Bible says in the book of Hebrews 17:20-21
KJV: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
St. Matthew 17:21
KJV: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Everything that would ever come from on high, from the abode of God must be approached with fastings and prayers before we could receive them. It was not so, in the beginning, but, since Satan, the enemy of righteousness has established himself as the prince of this world, before he was later restricted to the air, through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, everything that would be received from heaven is monitored and possibly obstructed.
This could be seen in the life of Prophet Daniel when he had fasted for 21 days. God sent His angel to reveal to him what happened to his prayers and the expected result, which has for long been answered from the first day, only to be blocked by a demon, in charge of Persia.
The same thing applies to every prayer being offered to God in modern-day Christian life. Satan is always positioned to stop the answers to prayers, and that is why fasting and prayers must be incorporated before we could receive anything from God(except things God gives on His own volition).
Prayer and fastings not only hastens the speed of your prayers to God but also keep you empowered, concentrated and charged towards the mode of reception from God.
Contrary to peoples thought, they think evangelism is meant for the evangelists alone, that is wrong. Evangelism is a mission, art for every believer. You must always approach and share rhe good news with anyone, everyone and at any given opportunity. This releases fire and power from God. Evangelism is a very good price to pay to acquire power from God. It is so speedy and potent as you would not need to ask before God would release it to you. It says in Mark 1:8 about the call for evangelism and the role of God in the release of power for the work.
The more you witness for Jesus Christ, the more you are endowed with power from on high.
All the spiritual gifts and power from God are not meant for fashion shows nor to decorate yourself, they are exclusively and strictly for evangelism. The Lord would not empower you if you won't evangelise for Him.
One of the major prices that are also very potent is the charitable lifestyle. As a believer, you are expected to replicate the kind of life the Lord Jesus Christ lived while on earth. The act of giving to rhe needy releases power from God. People are ignorant of this. It takes revelation to understand the things of the spirit, which appears meaningless but, is very powerful and mean a lot to God.
6. Obedience to the voice of God.
The ability to listen and obey rhe instructions and directions of God would guarantee you speedy empowerment. wnt from on high. Several gods would want to speak to the man and instruct him in some right days to go about his activities, but, man is always preoccupied, except at night when he sleeps. If it is only at night that God could approach and talk to you, then, you are still very far from spiritual empowerment.
You must tailor your life to be so quickened and restive to receive from God. Sometimes, what we need to do in our daily walk with God that would engender the flow of supernatural empowerment in our lives is just a little step that God might tell you. But, if you cannot hear God due to the so many noisome activities of life, how would you hear the voice of God, which always come in the form of the "still small voice"?
You must be able to hear and obey the instructions of the voice of God.
You must be the very humble type. That is where the most difficult area of human activities is concerned. Humility is a way of life. You cannot inculcate it nor could it be learned. It comes as part of the fruits of the spirit, which the Lord gives. Also, the spirit of humility comes as a nature, which you must also covet so much to acquire. It is a conscious move and walk of life, which is consciously achieved by people. Humility could open so many doors that fervent prayers would fail to open. It is evidence of spiritual maturity and respect for God.
The price of power relies solely on the conscious move for spiritual empowerment for the edification of a total man of God.
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