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The same power that was upon Jesus came upon the Church on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is still assigned to the Church to help us fulfill our commission. Didn't Jesus say He would abide with us forever?

Jesus stated that it was not He but the Father in Him Who did these works. When He said, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..." (Acts 1:8), they knew what He meant!

The Greek word dunamis, translated power, means ability and might. When you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you receive the ability of God to do His work in the earth. The Spirit within is for fruit bearing - for your own personal life (Gal. 5:22-23).

Jesus talked about this in John 4:14. He called it: "...a well of water springing up into everlasting life." But the Spirit upon is for service. Jesus talked about this in John 7:38-39. He described it as rivers of living water. The well is for your own life and the rivers flowing out of you are for others.

The dictionary says a witness is evidence or confirmation. This power of the Holy Spirit living in you can transform your life into evidence for the world that Jesus has been raised from the dead and is alive today. Jesus said, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..." (Acts 1:8).

The traditions and doctrines of men have robbed many believers of this power to be a witness with evidence that Jesus has been raised from the dead. The world is not only supposed to hear words but see proof that Jesus is alive today. As new converts, we should be taught to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit - the enduement of power to reveal Jesus to lost humanity.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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