While addressing His disciples, Jesus Christ said: ”But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”(Acts 1:8).
Above is a highly valued biblical passage for it rightly portrays the Holy Spirit as He should. He is the driving force behind all committed Christians and if truth be told, it is doubtful if we can achieve anything meaningful without Him. That’s why Jesus Christ laid emphasis on the need for the Holy Spirit to replace Him on earth (John 16:7) so as to make our lives easy to deal with.
The Holy Spirit made His debut in history on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and He assists humanity in many ways. For example, He guides us into all truth and tells us things to come (John 16:13). He also helps, teaches and reminds us all things (John 14:26). Besides, He is instrumental to our being able to speak with new tongues (Acts 2:4). A lot of people received the Holy Spirit via the laying of hands (Acts 8:17) but it worth’s being mentioned here, that the disciples received Him when Jesus breathed on them (John 20:22).
When the Holy Spirit descends on an individual, He confers on him or her immense power to carry out great exploits (Acts 1:8). Sadly, many people do not fall for this truth. To them, there is nothing exceptional about the Holy Spirit or at best, He is a mystery which has no role to play in today’s world therefore, He should be ignored. Well, I disagree with such people and I want to prove them wrong by demonstrating that the Holy Spirit is undeniably real, powerful and relevant in this era. I will give some examples, out of the several things, that He is capable of assisting us to do and I will support each example, with a suitable testimony. They are:
1. Witnessing to People
Witnessing to people and winning souls for Christ are wise and rewarding activities that every committed Christians should engage in (Proverbs 11:30, Daniel 12:3). But this can only be possible with the power of the Holy Spirit. No wonder, my earliest Pastor made sure that we got baptised in the Holy Spirit on time. And immediately afterwards, we were filled with immense power to boldly witness to everyone in sight and nothing could stop us (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit also stirred us to witness to people through Drama Ministration, Christian Journalism, Televangelism, Preaching, Teaching, Youth Mentoring and the Care of the Elderly among others. Meanwhile, these were activities that most of us were too busy, too indifferent and probably too ‘posh’ to go into ab-initio. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we embraced and utilized them effectively to lead many souls to Christ. You too can achieve a similar feat and even more, through the power of the Holy Spirit. But you have to seek Him first.
2. Healing the Sick
While on earth, Jesus Christ healed the sick with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38) and He wants us to do same in this age as well (Mark 16:15-18). As a Medical Doctor and a Christian, I can boldly attest to the fact yes; we care but it is God that heals and He does so through the Holy Spirit. In fact, it is only the Holy Spirit that makes improbable healing probable. I will now narrate a testimony to back this notion up.
Around 1.30 am one day, a three and a half year old boy was rushed to us in Benin City, Nigeria with Severe Malaria Fever and Severe Anaemia (his blood level was dangerously low and incompatible with life). He was in the throes of death when he came in and as part of our treatment plan, he was to have urgent blood transfusion otherwise, by our estimation, he would die in a jiffy. Sadly, we had no blood in our hospital to transfuse him with and his parents were too poor to go elsewhere for treatment. His condition soon got rapidly worse and the only thing we could do, was to watch and pray and rely on the Holy Spirit to keep him alive as we had by then, done all we possibly could. Miraculously, he stabilized after a while even though, his condition was still very critical. And at 8 am (i.e. over 6 hours of being with us), when the morning shift commenced, some of us pooled resources together and got him properly treated and he recovered fully in a short time. Please remember that we earlier estimated that he would die in a bit without blood transfusion but, the power of the Holy Spirit kept him alive. Approximately two years later, I ran into his mum and she practically dragged me to where he was; smartly dressed in his spotless school uniform, ready to go to school. The power of the Holy Spirit sure healed him. This power is still available for use to heal the sick and you can have it if you wish in Jesus name. Amen.
3. Speaking in Tongue
The Holy Spirit confers on people, the ability to speak in tongues (Acts 2:1-4) and with this, they can by-pass the meddlesomeness of the Devil and his agents and talk directly to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). Speaking in tongue is also an excellent tool for self-edification (1 Corinthians 14:4) so, it is very vital.
When I was in the University, I attended a Christian revival uninvited with a friend and our main mission was to distract the attendees. We heckled the speakers as they mounted the pulpit and generally disrupted the event as much as we could. But to our amazement, nobody paid any significant attention to or got angry with us. At a point, the guest minister asked those who were interested in being baptized in the Holy Spirit to come out and a sizeable part of the congregation headed his call. We didn’t! Next, he spoke in a ‘foreign but funny’ language for what looked like eternity to us and then shouted ‘receive the Holy Spirit in Jesus name’. Immediately, many people, including distinguished university dons, astute administrators, top-notch professionals, students et al; people who undoubtedly, are not idiots, fell down and spoke in all manners of languages. We later learnt that they actually spoke in tongues and we were hugely amazed.
One morning, not long after I gave my life to Christ, I knelt down in my room and asked the Holy Spirit to give me the power to speak in tongue and He did. Since then, I have been speaking directly to God and winning wars with Him in charge and predictably, no one, not even the Devil, can come between us. You too can speak in tongue, talk directly to God and win your wars without outside interference. But you need the Holy Spirit to empower you for this purpose to start with.
Being able to prophesy is another invaluable asset that all forward looking Christians should covet (1 Corinthians 14:39) and God is willing to endow us with the power of the Holy Spirit to do so (Joel 2:28).
A powerful establishment once owed me a sizeable amount of money and they consistently and arrogantly refused to pay me for about two years. So, I had no choice than to report them to God! Then one day, in the course of our Morning Prayer meeting, our Deacon, full of the power of the Holy Spirit, prophesied that my money would be paid very shortly and I believed him. Meanwhile, I had never discussed this problem with him at any time before then. Anyway, I got a phone call from the establishment later that day, and the caller advised me to represent my bill for immediate settlement. I complied with his advice and I was settled in full within a week.
This same power is still available for use for your benefit and that of others and you can have it if you wish, in Jesus name. But you need to have the Holy Spirit in your life to begin with.
Friend, we have so far read some testimonies to highlight what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing and to prove that His power is real. And as you may have noticed, this power is a must have for all self-respecting Christians. It is my prayer that you will seek, retain and make a very good use it in Jesus name. Amen. But before then, you have to do certain things first.
First, you must give your life to Christ i.e., you must be born again if you haven’t yet. When this is sorted out, you must seek to be filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit. For this, you may wish to ask your Pastor or any of his or her representatives to help you. And once you have it (i.e. the power of the Holy Spirit), you will be armed fittingly to witness to people boldly and win their souls Christ. You will also have the liberty to heal the sick, speak in tongues and prophesy in the name of the Lord. Furthermore, it will stir you up to respect, love and care for other people and they will know that indeed, you are a child of the most high God (Matthew 7:16) and they will be happy to follow you all the way to Christ and to Heaven. Finally, God will reward you abundantly (Matthew 25:21) and your joy will be full in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2011