- “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
- “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49).
- “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. Whose heart departs from the Lord” (Jer. 17:5).
Power at Pentecost
The power of the Holy Spirit is assured. The question, then, is do we rely on Him or do we fall into “self-effort” which then brings a curse?
The day we have been counting down for has arrived. Pentecost is here. Most of us know very well that Pentecost is about receiving anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. What we may not be so sure about is how to think so that His power can operate fully in our lives. In other words, we may have this kind of question: “Lord, I know I am filled with the Holy Spirit. But what can I do to see more of His power operating?”
I have come to see that our thinking/mindset is vital. We can either release the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, or we can inadvertently shut Him off. We can have a mindset resulting in the Holy Spirit continually leading us into miracles, or we can block Him out and become frustrated and fruitless.
During a recent MPP, the Lord led us to read from Acts 6. Administrative troubles had arisen in the early church. The apostles were led to ask for seven new leaders to handle that issue. They explained, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). This is an incredible key and is revelation for us today!
Notice how they knew not to: 1) Worry; 2) Blame themselves or each other; 3) Frantically search for a self-made solution. They understood that God was their source. It is only He who can bring blessing, solutions, and growth. They realized if they came up with a practical solution but one which wasn’t born of God, it would actually hinder. They realized that they needed to keep focusing on Him. They knew He would not only solve the administrative problem, but that He would also keep pouring out blessing so the church could grow (Acts 6 states the church then experienced a new wave of growth.)
For many, when a problem arises they immediately put forth more self-effort. Instead of looking “more” to the Lord like the twelve apostles did, they immediately search for a solution. Often this solution is based on past experience or someone else’s methods. Regardless, it is “self-effort.” And according to Jeremiah 17:5, self-effort brings a curse, which makes us more unfruitful.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the five “kings” aligned against us. One of those “kings” is self-work or self-effort (see “Five Strategies the Enemy Uses to Stop Us”). Satan understands this and sends problems our way so we will run to self-effort instead of running to the Lord.
If the apostles had latched onto some hasty “self-effort” type solution, it would not have resulted in the seven new leaders being chosen. Furthermore, it would not have resulted in the gospel invading the marketplace and the subsequent explosion in church growth. Self-effort would have resulted in stagnation and fruitlessness.
Therefore, we must understand the statement “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” is not merely a call to religious activity; rather, we must see what it really is—a continual focusing on God. When we focus on Him, then He is able to work. We will not put ourselves under a curse. As we focus on Him, He makes us increasingly fruitful.
Let this Pentecost mark the beginning of new fruitfulness in our lives, in our businesses, and in our ministries. The promise of power of the Holy Spirit is assured. As we keep giving ourselves to the Lord, we will see the work of the Holy Spirit ever increasing in our lives.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference
Kaohsiung, Taiwan July 14–16
I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (English and Chinese).
Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan
MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.
- June 3, Arise 5 Network Meeting, Sano, Japan
- June 4, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
- June 8–17, Ministry Trip
- June 23–27, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
- July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal
(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)
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