You Shall Receive Power
Today I started reading Graham Truscott’s “You Shall Receive Power” (http://www.truscottmissions.com/GrahamBooks.htm) and I’d like to share the following quote from the book the title of which is derived of course from Acts 1:8:
“We simply have not had the the Power to obey our Lord’s command “to preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 which is understood be me as all creation a in the NIV translation.) Because of our lack of vital contact with the Source of all Power, we have failed to make an impact in our cities and villages that the early church did.
But the hunger is yet more than this. We are tired of sub-standard Christian living. Our lives do not burn with the Purity of the Fire from Heaven that first ignited the Church. We read in the Bible, “Sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14) and it sounds like a dream. We read: “Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) and it reads like a translator’s error.
God speaks to out hearts, “You shall receive Power, after that Holy Ghost is come upon you” and for a brief moment our hearts thrill with expectancy. Then out senses tell us remind us that we have been taught, “But that is not for today”, or “You have received everything at conversion. Just struggle on as best as you can, and when you die, God’s Power will take you to Heaven.” How we have been robbed from out spiritual inheritance in Christ.
In Isaiah 5:13 we read:
13 Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding;
their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.
This is not about scholastic abilities, if that were true the world would have been evangelized and the churches perfected in the past 20 centuries. Isaiah’s burden is for a knowledge of the truths of the Word of God. Where the earliest disciples went the power of the Holy Spirit was doing great work with and through them, so that men and women may believe in Christ and experience his transformative salvation. And wherever they went signs accompanied their presence (see Acts). From Hebrews 13:18 we learn that Chris is the same today, yesterday and forever, and therefore we can still be filled with the Holy Spirit, just as he id in the Acts of the Apostles.
I want to see these things happening again, don’t you?