Apostolos – Jerusalem
In Acts 1:8, Jesus promises the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. What have you learned this week about liberty and the power of the Holy Spirit?
Christine Q. —
I have learned this week how to truly walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. I need to be renewed daily and be continually filled with the Spirit. Knowing that the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me gives me boldness and power to do what He is calling me to do. He is the one that goes with me, equips and enables me to live out a godly life. He has called me to be a witness for Him wherever and whatever I do, but I must daily choose to submit to the Spirit’s leading in my life. And with the liberty that I have been given through Him I must press in not to use that liberty as an opportunity for the flesh but to walk in the Spirit.
CJ H. —
This week has opened my perspective to the sensitivity of the Spirit, and how the Spirit speaks and guides me. It’s so comforting knowing that the Lord continues to draw out my flaws and reassure me that my life was never mine to begin with. God’s grace and being is where I ﬁnd joy. And though this week has been hard, it has been ultimately rewarding.
Devin M. —
I have liberty and the freedom to live this life the way I want to and God has given me a choice. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now is in me He is not just this ghost that I picture in my head. The Holy Spirit is a person, He guides me and directs me and helps me to discern right from wrong. He is powerful and He can do so much in my life if I am obedient to His direction. Jesus gave me His Spirit as He is now away from me for a time but He will return soon with trumpet sound and I have the Spirit to comfort me as I wait for the bridegroom.
Diamond S. —
This week I’ve learned that there is joy in not relying on my own strength (Zechariah 4:6b). So often I become weary and frustrated because I’m trying to do God’s will in my own strength and instead find myself struggling. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” It is God who works in me to change me (Philippians 1:6). It’s not my striving or outward behavior adjustments that will change me but His Word and Holy Spirit. I can trust Him with whatever He walks me through to make me like Jesus. He is the One who even gives me the desire to please Him. And on my part, knowing that I am not longer under judgement and have His Spirit in me, why then would I choose to walk in the old ways and trust my own strength?
Erick C. —
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, I have received the Holy Spirit. I have that same power that crushed the enemy and overcame death. Nothing is impossible under God’s will. With the Holy Spirit residing in me, I am no longer limited but limitless. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I am confident.
Gaby E. —
This week I learned that to be filled with the Holy Spirit isn’t just a one time experience, it’s an ongoing daily sense that God is working in my life. To continually be dependable on the Spirit as it says in Zechariah 4:6, I noticed it this week in evangelizing and the boldness to share the gospel when I am fully dependant on the Spirit. Something that I realized deeply this week is that the Holy Spirit is my Helper that the Father sent for me to guide me and know that He is always with me.
Jacqueline S. —
This week I learned that there is freedom in the workings of the Holy Spirit. He wills and works in ways according to what is needed for every specific event. Often times I put expectations on the Spirit or think He is going to work a certain way and then when I don't see that evidence I feel like He is not there with me. However, as I surrendered all opinions of how and when the Spirit would manifest Himself in my life, I got to see His power operate in subtle, natural ways. Even though i didn't experience crazy, supernatural things this week, seeing His subtle natural ways of speaking to me and changing my heart was so empowering and I was reminded that He is alive and active inside of me.
Michaela Y. —
The Lord has been teaching me the importance of waiting upon Him and His Holy Spirit. He is showing me that the Holy Spirit is my comfort, He is my strength and He gives me power to do the work of the ministry. Each day I have the choice to walk in my flesh or the Spirit, and there is freedom that comes from laying my life down.
Tyler D. —
The Holy Spirit is a power unlike any other. Knowing that He’s in me, I feel a sense of confidence when faced with any trial or tribulation. I lose all fear but the fear of God. I conquer all things in Jesus’ name. Because with Him, I am unstoppable. I love going through the book of Acts and seeing how the same Spirit that's in me is the same Spirit that started the first church.