I thought I’d share a few examples (not all) of the power displays of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, since He wants us to copy and exceed them. They include:
  • power to witness  evidenced by the disciples turning the world upside down with their bold witness of the gospel (1: 8; 4: 31; 5: 19 – 29; 13: 40; 17: 1)
  • mighty signs and wonders (5: 12 – 15)
  • establishment of churches/gathering of believers in diverse locations (2: 41 – 44; 14: 21-23)
  • impartation of the baptism of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (8: 17)
  • healings of various sorts including by transfer of the anointing from clothing (3: 1-11; 9: 18; 9: 32 – 35; 19: 11-13)
  • casting out/exorcism of devils (8:12); endure persecution (2: 54 – 60)
  • discernment (chap 5)
  • food pantry ministry (6: 1-6)
  • conviction of unbelievers (2: 37; 5:33; 7: 54)
  • spiritual revelation (chap 9: 1; 10, 11); miraculous events (5: 19-26)
  • judgement (13: 6-11; chap 5; 12: 21-25)
  • translation from one place to another (8: 38 – 40)
  • divine direction (8: 26 – 39; 13: 1-4); tongues (2: 4-12)
  • joy (8: 8; 13: 52)
  • inclusion of other nationalities in the church (10)
  • multiplication of the number of believers (1: 15)
  • drunkenness in the Spirit (2:13)
  • word of God spreads like wildfire (6:7)
  • resurrection of the dead (9: 36 – 42)
  • correction of doctrinal errors (chap 15).

It is my prayer that we (myself included) would become so excited about the preaching of the gospel and that the power of God would be demonstrated in these and many other ways. We of the modern church have much more understanding of the scriptures and a plethora of apostles etc, but we are yet to cause major consternation to the kingdom of darkness and turn our world upside down. I am talking about a major display of God’s power every where. We cannot be satisfied with the ministry of those who are operating in the power gifts of the Spirit which are the gifts that demonstrate to a heathen and materialistic world that God is really mightier than the demons they serve. Let us (I’m chastising myself as well) rise to the challenge by getting to the place in God where His power would be manifested. It is time for demons to beg and scream when we come on the scene, like in Jesus’ ministry. Please let me know about those I did not mention.

Believers, God bless. Hopefully we will be able to move to the power of prayer and fasting the next time.
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