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Jeannie Cunnion: Do you feel powerless? Pentecost offers this blessing in difficult times


I closed the door behind me, made sure it was locked to keep my hotel room safe, and went to the elevator to attend an all-day conference. I got off the elevator into the busy lobby, made a cup of coffee, and checked my phone before heading to my car.

Then I got the dreaded “low power mode” message. I thought I charged my phone while I slept, but something went wrong. My phone was about to shut down and by then I would be running on low power.

Most of us will do just about anything to avoid having to use our phone in sleep mode. We borrow a charger from a stranger or buy a portable power stick in the store. Who wants to live with low power consumption, limited skills, and frustrating results? And that is exactly how many of us have become used to living Christian lives because we are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit that was given at Pentecost.

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We may choose to keep the Holy Ghost at a distance because the baggage is hanging on him, which makes us fear that he is making us strange. Or maybe we just don’t know the dramatic difference Pentecost is supposed to make in our daily lives.

Pentecost took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection and 10 days after his ascension to heaven. It was the day the Father fulfilled his promise not to just pour out the Holy Ghost on to but in His people (Acts 1: 5-9).

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At 9:00 a.m., the Holy Spirit was unleashed on 120 people in the upper room in Jerusalem, including the disciples, and each received the supernatural power of God that forever changed the way we now experience God’s presence and power.

It’s a force that continues defy human understanding and suppress human abilities.

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When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples at Pentecost, “a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house in which they sat. And tongues divided like fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.” (John 2: 2-3).

And they were empowered to speak other known and recognizable languages ​​that they could not previously speak personally. The good news of salvation in Jesus was now available to every nation and language. God designed it and the Holy Spirit made it possible!

Ordinary, even fearful people, gathered in a room just waiting for the Holy Spirit to come as Jesus commanded them, were radically transformed into people who preached the gospel with clarity, conviction, and courage. They became channels of God’s power to bring healing and hope through the power of the Holy Spirit for the praise of the name of God.

The Holy Spirit who filled the disciples at Pentecost is the same Holy Spirit who filled Jesus and empowered him for his earthly service at his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist.

This is the same power that Jesus had when he was tempted by Satan to sin and not succumb, and the same power he had when performing miracles, healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out demons.

We no longer need willpower. We need more spirit power.

this is that equal Resurrection power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!

And this is the same power of the Holy Spirit that is deposited in us today when we trust in Jesus! (John 14: 16-18)

We’re not getting a mini version of the Holy Spirit today. We don’t get a less willing or less able Holy Spirit. The supernatural power of God is the person of the Holy Spirit in U.Sand he longs to achieve infinitely more than we can ask or imagine through his mighty power working within us.

But unless we purposely welcome and rely on His powerful presence, we will never experience the fullness that is available to us in Jesus Christ! Therefore, it is not enough to acknowledge its existence, but to avoid it as part of the Christian experience.

We rob ourselves of the experience of the power of God when we neglect the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit in us, for no matter how hard we try, human efforts cannot produce supernatural results.

We no longer need willpower. We need more spirit power.

Furthermore, knowing that the Holy Spirit lives within us should give us extraordinary confidence. What is stronger than knowing that Almighty God dwells in us through his Spirit?

When we struggle with toxic thinking, face a terrifying diagnosis, face financial difficulties, battle fears for an uncertain future, struggle in a difficult marriage, feel hopeless about silly decisions our children make, or find ourselves in the same old strongholds or addictions Feeling trapped, we can confidently invoke the power of the Holy Spirit who is our supernatural helper.

If his power can lift our Savior from the grave, just think about what He can do in the you and by You, when you lean into his invigorating presence!

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The Holy Spirit is an invaluable gift to all who trust in Jesus. His blessings cannot be bought. Its power cannot be bought. Do you know what an inestimable treasure lives in you?

If you are a follower of Jesus who feels powerless over the circumstances in your life today, I invite you to discover the power that was given at Pentecost and that you can experience and express in your daily life!

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