In this age of tension and strife, when man has power to push a button and blow himself into eternity, there has never been such a need for the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church. But where is that power?
Why is the Church so powerless today? Why are Christians making so little vital impact and so few advances? Why is there so much defeat, despair, and discouragement among believers? Where are the great miracles, signs and wonders of the Bible? Might we not well ask with Elisha of old, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14). Shall we not search our hearts, and confess with Gideon, “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this befallen us? And where are all His wonderful deeds which our fathers recounted to us?” (Judges 6:13)
Where are these anointed, unlearned men, who preach the Gospel of Christ, and turn thousands to the Lord . Where are these firebrands who are turning the world upside down? (Acts 17:6) At the commencement of their Christian lives, the earliest Christians had “layed up for themselves a good foundation for the future” (1 Timothy 6:19). They had built their lives on THE ONLY FOUNDATION.
The third step in God’s plan for THE ONLY FOUNDATION of the true Christian life is “Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The New Testament Christians were charged with the dynamic power of God’s Holy Spirit! To meet the need of this hour, we too need a genuine experience of His power working daily in our lives. So many Christians hunger for this power today.
FOR DAILY LIVING
To obey God and “Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” is not to embrace some emotional fanaticism. To do so is to take a most practical step to become fruitful in daily Christian living and witness. The Bible clearly teaches that God’s command to “be filled with the Spirit,” is for all who name the Name of Christ (Ephesians 5:18). To live for Him – in the office, in the home, at school, at college, in the church – we must obey this command. Disobedience to this command will mean an incomplete foundation.
It will only result in failure defeat, and tragedy. We do not need the theory, the “take-it-by-faith believe-that-you-have-it-and-do-your-best-experience.” We have tried this substitute for THE ONLY FOUNDATION too long. Nor do we need a wildfire excitement that leads to emotionalism. This will cause the receiver to think more about the manner in which the Holy Spirit comes, than about the real, practical power and soul-winning efficiency which the infilling of the Spirit brings. Neither do we want an experience which causes us to walk around with an “I-am-holier-than-you, for-I-have-had-an-experience which-you-do-not-possess” attitude. God does not want us to experience His Holy Spirit only for its own joys, blessings, signs and evidences, (though, thank God, these will come when we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit). The Bible teaches a sane, practical experience by which the Holy Spirit forms Christ-like character in us, and gives us power to help us present Jesus Christ to a dying world.
A NEW AWAKENING
In every century since the first Day of Pentecost, there have been those who have experienced the Spirit-filled life. But in the early 1900’s, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit assumed worldwide proportions.