The Holy Spirit in You
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . . .
In August of 1979, I attended Crystal Springs Institute, the training school for the Agape Force located in Lindale, Texas. We were on a mission of sorts, a “trust God or die” mission. Every semester the student body was divided into teams of four and dropped off in various locations around the state of Texas. We were to trust God for our lodging, food, transportation, and ministry.
Long story short, our four man team was in downtown Dallas when a petite African-American lady stopped us and asked what we were doing. We explained that we were on a short-mission trusting God for his provision, protection, and direction. She asked loudly and boldly, “Have you ever been filled with the Holy Ghost”? Two of my companions said, “yes” and one said, “no” and I hoped she would go away.
She prayed for us that day in a plaza located on Commerce Street and I was forever affected by the Holy Spirit’s person, presence, and power. That day, I first experienced the spiritual gifts, I felt power and authority for ministry, and I was freshly enabled by the Spirit to live a holy life. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit for Christlike ministry–a ministry that prayerfully would change hearts and lives for the gospel.
From that day to this, it has been the tendency of carnal Christians and a carnal Church to be more interested in power for performance, than it has been interested in power for purity. More interested in power for conquest than in power for Christlikeness. We need to stress that the power of the Holy Ghost is power for Christlikeness, before it is power to go out and do things that produce headlines in the newspaper. It is power to be like our blessed Lord in mind and motive and spirit.
Paul S. Rees, “Adequacy for Life and Witness,” Daily Thoughts from Keswick: A Year’s Daily Readings, ed. Herbert F. Stevenson (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980), 363.