- Original Teaching: Wait on the Lord
- Date: March 3, 2002
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “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. Acts 1:4
- Review By: Jason Felton
In the last couple Calvary Temple Classics blog posts we been reviewing the principles on waiting on the Lord. In the first blog entry “Wait on the Lord” we took a look at the aspect of prayer and the important role it plays as we are waiting on God. In “Wait on the Lord Part 2” we took a deeper look into the prayer life of Jesus as he encouraged us to watch and pray. Today we want to look at one of the most important things Jesus instructed us to wait for and that is the promise of the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1 the disciples were instructed to go to Jerusalem and WAIT for the promise of the Holy Spirit. You see, Jesus was about to ascend back to the Father and as he was going up his last words in verse 8 stated that they would receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Beloved, this same power that was promised to the disciples has been promised to us as well!! Acts 2:39 says this promise, this gift of the Holy Spirit is unto you, and to your children, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. If we’re going to effectively move in the authority of the name of Jesus we need to be aware of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! We need to be full of the Holy Spirit!
“Why do I need the Holy Spirit,” you may ask. “I’m born again; isn’t that enough?” Yes, being born again is one of the main requirements of the new life of a believer, but there’s more available to you! The Holy Spirit is like a supercharger to our spiritual engine! It’s what causes the authority of the name and the power of Jesus to become a reality in our everyday life. All the enabling of Jesus’ ministry, is credited to the Holy Ghost. Remember, Jesus was fully man and fully God. In His earthly ministry, He functioned as a man. He was deity, but He laid aside that deity and lived as man full of the Holy Ghost. If you want to see what can happen in a Spirit filled life, just look at the life of Jesus; and He gives that credibility throughout His ministry. “Yeah, but that was Jesus!”. Okay, well let’s take a look at how the power of the Holy Spirit transformed the life of another believer.
Remember last week we talked about Peter’s denial of the Lord? He had the knowledge of God and the right attitude, but he lacked the power. Let’s fast forward a little bit. In Acts 2:14 just after being filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples were being mocked for speaking in tongues. Who was it that stood up and declared the Gospel so boldly that 3,000 people bowed their knee to Jesus? Peter! A little later, he and John were on the way to the temple to pray. As they headed that direction they ran into a lame man, prayed for him and he was instantly healed (Acts 3:1-10). Because of the miracles and the powerful preaching there was a stir and uprising among the people and Peter again would be questioned. But look what happens this time (remember at this point the day of pentecost and the promise they were waiting for had been fulfilled). Acts 4: 8 says this “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them….” You see, without the Holy Spirit, Peter denied the Lord before the accusation of one little girl, but this time, before the Pharisees and the Sadducees, Peter was able to stand up and boldly proclaim the name of Jesus because he was full of the Holy Spirit” He was a life that was transformed!
“Okay well that was for those old guys back then. That doesn’t really apply to me today. ” Well we already saw that in Acts 2:39 the Word of God says it’s to ALL those who believe and folks ALL means ALL! ALL means YOU!!! I would encourage you today that if you’ve never been filled with the Holy Spirit begin, you need to realize that there’s more for you. This power that Jesus walked in and Peter walked in and that we read about in the book of Acts is available if you will seek it. This Holy Spirit or the Comforter will come along side to assist and to strengthen you in your everyday life. He will bring you into all truth! He will confirm the Word of God in your life with signs following. We need the Holy Spirit, the Ruach or the breath of God to be breathed upon us. This power of the Holy Spirit is what emboldens us to go into all the world to preach the gospel. It empowers us to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. It allows us to be led and guided in every situation and no matter what the circumstances boldly declare the name of Jesus. It allows us to move from the realm of the natural into the realm of the supernatural. If you receive the Holy Spirit your life will be transformed, you’ll never be the same.
If we are truly going to be a people who wait on God and hear what He has to say to us, then we need to be full of the Holy Spirit. So as we close ask yourselves the question: “Am I content with just being born again or do I want the power of God to transform my life?” It’s available to you, but you have to seek it!! There’s no magic formula, nothing you have to work up, but as Jesus instructed the disciples I encourage you to do the same! Wait for the promise! Cry out to Jesus to be filled!! It may not happen right away, it may not happen when you expect it to or how you expect it to, but if we wait on the Lord the promise is HE WILL FILL US and it will be confirmed in your life with signs following.
Below is an encouraging song by Chris Tomlin. Enjoy!