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Acts 1: 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Act 19:1 And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
Jesus spoke before His ascension, that ‘you shall receive power’; Paul asks the Ephesians whether you received the Holy Spirit. That means whether you received the power. What is this power of God that you have to receive? Power of God is the ability that is given to us to do God’s will in this earth. One day there was a car broke down in the middle of the road. No one knows what the reason for the breakdown is; but the owner was opening and closing the door of the car and there was a chaos. After sometime, an old man started to push the car so that it could be parked on the side of the road. While he was pushing the car, a young man came running and he helped the old man to push the car. Likewise, the power of the Holy Spirit is given to every one in the church of Lord Jesus Christ, so that we can all assist one another. One has a different kind of ability and the other one has a different ability but all work for the common cause. If one broke down, some other can lift him up. This is how the power of the Holy Spirit would manifest among us. This ability or the power should not be used for our own benefit. We should not use this power with a covetous mind. But we could use it for our edification to be build up in Christ. If we use this ability with self motive and for exercising power over others, then we will error greatly and will miss power of God and the common goal in our life.