Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching storm. I was fascinated by it, and a little fearful of the display of power, especially if we lost power as a result.
Strange to think that the thing that lights up our homes and brings comfort can often be the very source of our lives being plunged into complete darkness, almost helpless. Of course I'm referring to electricity.
And we now know that since the Earth was created the elements to harness electricity have been here, all that time, but it wasn't until someone believed that there were laws governing the activity of electricity and tapped into those laws that electricity could be helpful to us.
The power was available to us the whole time.
And with this thought, stay here with me a minute as I share something with you.
In the book of Acts, Jesus instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem so they entered an upper room where they were staying and praying and waiting for the Holy Spirit to come as Jesus had promised. Then ....
"When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:1-4.
One morning I was getting ready for work while listening to a Christian program where a man was telling his story of experiencing great tragedy and grief. Several times he paused and with strong emotion he posed the question, "WHERE were the Christians during all of this?"
Right then the Lord spoke directly to my heart and answered that question ... "still waiting in the upper room." I nearly dropped my toothbrush.
Now think about this. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, much of the body of Christ is still waiting for God to do something when He's already done it. I believe many are still waiting for the "power of God" to fall on us. When it already fell, over two thousand years ago. But as I've stated before, not every Christian is experiencing God's power flowing through their lives because they are still "waiting in the upper room."
Some are simply waiting until they get to heaven to experience all His fullness, even though God has already provided for us here on this Earth.
My own experience in the baptism of the Holy Spirit was like receiving a power surge of His love and His life flowing through my spirit, soul and body.
Just like electricity, many Christians have been serving God year after year without experiencing that power to enable them to thrive and prosper. Today, many "churches" are still waiting for God to decide to act. We are still waiting for God to send His power and heal our land. Waiting for the Holy Spirit to come. Waiting for the miraculous. Anticipating a great move of God.
Brothers and sisters, God has already moved. The power HAS come to every born-again believer in Christ Jesus. It's time to put away doctrines of men and ask God to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, then receive Him so you can receive His intimacy and love, and Jesus can teach you how to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, then in the name of Jesus you can lay hands on the sick and see them recover, you can cast out demons and manifest the power of God to a world cast into darkness.
I'm still not experiencing all that I believe God has provided, but I've left the upper room. In my heart I have literally taken God at His word. So I want to encourage you, if you haven't done this, leave the upper room and enter into the fullness of God, and let His power flow through us to light up the darkness.
"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39
Contact Brenda Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org