One of the major proofs of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the mighty transformation that came upon the disciples. Previously, they were a group of weak and timid people who on many occasions could not rise up to the standard Jesus expected. They were mostly afraid, fell into temptations, and could not even stay up and pray for one hour when Jesus wanted them to.
When the founder of a movement/organization passes away, the followers would try their best to lead on the founder’s vision and the path shown to them. They will commemorate the person and their vision. However, years and decades later many such movements and organizations lose their momentum, get institutionalized, lose liveliness, vision, energy, and would eventually fade away. It is the usual story of a person starting a movement that turns into a machine, which eventually turns into a monument.
Jesus never wanted this to happen to His disciples. He promised them that once He left this earth, a helper from heaven would come to them to strengthen them. He also promised them that they would do greater things than what He did. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). Jesus wanted the church to become mightier, stronger, more energetic, vast and wide, spreading across the globe. For this, He promised to send the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that empowered Jesus in His earthly ministry, to dwell with the church–the body of Christ– that is each one of us. The Holy Spirit is promised to all flesh, to all who believe in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit used the previously weak, unqualified disciples, and made them extra ordinary people preaching the Gospel boldly before the same people whom they were afraid of, before authorities, government officials, and even kings. He continued to empower the church, starting from the day of Pentecost, all through the following centuries, and continues to do it even today in an unlimited way. There is a revolution and revival wherever the Holy Spirit comes. From the day the Holy Spirit stepped in, the disciples never lacked power or momentum. And now, as it is prophesied, the glory of the latter days is greater than the former one.
Look at Peter. He denied he had any association with Jesus. “A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said” (Luke 22:56-57). Peter did not have the courage to acknowledge Jesus even to a servant girl, who in that day and culture was considered insignificant. He was a weak carnal man. Yet, when the Holy Spirit came upon him on the day of Pentecost, he stood up in front of the crowd of people that had gathered from different nations, and boldly proclaimed that Jesus is the Lord. In Acts 2:14, the NLT version says, ‘Peter stepped forward and shouted to the crowd’. This huge change in his personality was brought about by Pentecost. Standing for Jesus needs fueling from heaven and a Pentecost experience is the answer to all our fleshly weaknesses. We need the Pentecost experience to witness boldly about Jesus the Savior and share the good news–the Gospel. Pentecost is the answer for all our weaknesses, fears, depressions, and insecurities.
“But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” ” (Acts 17:6). Pentecost strengthened and enabled the disciples to turn the world upside down. Pentecost has a personal impact. The Holy Spirit is not the goose bumps you get while listening to a message. He is the person that unleashes power into your life and enables you to turn the world upside down. With His power you can shake the foundations of ancestral bondages, traditionalism, yokes, cages, and all kinds of demonic strongholds that have imprisoned your life and the lives of those around you.
The disciples had to wait for the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, you might have to wait for the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. As you wait, remember, even though waiting might be painful, it brings strength. Even when you feel God is silent, He is not absent. He is working on you. “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). And when the anointing of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, your life will be changed forever.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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