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You will receive power: Day 4

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)

Remember that we are walking through these 10 days considering what might have been going on in the disciples as they followed Jesus' orders to stay in Jerusalem until they received power.

Power is the ability to do something. Knowledge is power because knowledge gives you the ability to do things that you would otherwise not be able to do if you did not know.

Money is empowering, while poverty is not. Money gives you the ability to do things, such as feed your family, have electricity and so on.

Jesus wanted His disciples to wait because they did not have the ability to be His witnesses. Wait, didn't they have the authority of Jesus' name? Had not they been equipped by Jesus for about three years? But yet, Jesus' words are very clear: Stay in Jerusalem until the Spirit comes.

Have you ever felt powerless as a witness of Jesus? I know I have. The presence of the Holy Spirit and the power the disciples received from the Spirit's presence was tangible. Jesus wanted His disciples empowered as His witnesses for a reason and it only stands to reason that Jesus wants the same for us.

As we pray in our waiting, let us diligently ask to be empowered by the Holy Spirit as His witnesses. If you do not want to be empowered, then simply share that with the Holy Spirit. Continue to be honest with where you are at. The honesty is not to give the Spirit knowledge, He already knows. Rather, the honesty is for us to trust the Holy Spirit and come to Him with something we might be a little nervous to share with Him, let alone anyone else. He will meet you with the love of Jesus.

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