Holy Spirit Power
Sunday, September 24, 2006
TEXT: Acts 1:1-8, The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1. We first read of the power and presence of the Holy
Spirit in the book of Genesis. The Bible says, the Spirit of God "moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen. 1:2). Then in Genesis, chapter three, we see Him as a convicting force in the lives of men: "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man... (Genesis 6:3a). The Psalmist wrote, Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (Psalm 139:7).
2. Again, we read of the power of the Holy Spirit
working in the lives of some of God's greatest men. In the book of Judges, for example, the Spirit of God came upon Gideon, allowing him to defeat an entire army (Judges 6:34). In Judges 15, we have the story of ...
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