The Promise of the Father: Embracing the Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit

11 Jun, 2023

CityLight NYC Embracing the Life Changing Power of the Holy Spirit

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in transforming your life?

That’s the question we’re answering in this week’s teaching. We will explore the importance of the Holy Spirit, the significance of the day of Pentecost, and the availability of the Holy Spirit to all believers.

Mark chapter 16 says the Lord was working with them, confirming the word with signs following.

People often think this means the Lord was working with the disciples, but it’s the Lord working with the word. The Holy Spirit and the Word work together. The Lord was working with the word and confirming the word.

The Lord will always confirm His word. And when you mix faith with what you hear from the word, you can expect the Lord to do something significant in your life.


Confusion and misunderstanding surround the power, breakthroughs, and supernatural experiences associated with the Holy Spirit. The enemy seeks to create confusion and spread half-truths to prevent people from experiencing the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Many individuals are paralyzed and unsure how to approach this essential truth. However, Jesus Himself emphasized the significance of this truth, recorded in Luke 24:49.

Throughout the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was only given to specific individuals for unique assignments, such as the high priest, king, prophet, and judges.

The Holy Spirit’s presence would come and go during those times.

However, the Holy Spirit could not dwell within sinful individuals until Jesus was glorified through His crucifixion and resurrection, marking a new era.


The day of Pentecost, which occurred 50 days after the Passover, holds immense importance. On this day, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon believers and has been present ever since. Acknowledging that the Holy Spirit is not a transactional gift that believers must beg or convince God to provide is crucial. The Father has already given the Holy Spirit to believers as a gift, and our role is to receive and welcome Him into our lives.

Understanding the essential truth about the Holy Spirit is vital for every believer.


In Jesus’ last words on earth, He emphasized the significance of the Holy Spirit and being filled with His power. Jesus promised that believers would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them, enabling them to be witnesses and live victorious lives.

Jesus used the analogy of fountains and rivers to illustrate the blessing of the Holy Spirit. A fountain represents eternal life, a source of refreshing and satisfaction for those who drink from it. This gift is for the individual, providing them with a personal connection to God.

However, Jesus goes beyond the fountain analogy and invites believers to experience rivers of living water. These rivers symbolize the overflowing abundance of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence. They go beyond personal blessing and impact those around us.


While fountains are good and bring satisfaction, rivers are even better.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit allows His rivers to flow through us, bringing life and transformation to others. It goes beyond personal salvation and extends to the world around us.

Just as Jesus cried out during the Passover feast, inviting anyone who thirsts to come and drink, we can receive the Holy Spirit and experience the rivers of His power.

As believers, we can become channels of His life-giving water, impacting those we encounter and bringing glory to God.


In the Book of Acts, we find a clear distinction between salvation and the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Understanding this difference and recognizing the significance of both aspects in our Christian walk is essential.

While salvation brings us into a relationship with God, the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit empower us for a supernatural life.


The scriptural pattern in the Book of Acts demonstrates the simplicity of receiving the Holy Spirit. The first step is repentance, surrendering our lives to Jesus and trusting His righteousness for salvation. The second step is water baptism, symbolizing our identification with Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Finally, we are called to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is available to all believers. Jesus Himself spoke about the Holy Spirit, affirming that believers would receive His power and presence. This pattern allows us to align ourselves with the biblical model of experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit.


When the Holy Spirit fills believers, there is often a tangible manifestation of His power. The day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 is an example of this.

As the believers gathered in one accord, a sound like a rushing wind filled the house, and divided tongues of fire appeared upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. This initial physical evidence showcased the supernatural invasion of God’s power into the natural world.

While this manifestation may initially create discomfort, it allows us to experience the Holy Spirit in a tangible and transformative way.

Embracing the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives allows His presence to transform us and impact the world around us.


To establish essential doctrines, the Bible emphasizes the need for multiple witnesses. Regarding the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can’t base our beliefs on a single passage.

Instead, we must examine two or three instances throughout the book of Acts to build a comprehensive understanding. This is crucial because there is much confusion and misinformation surrounding this topic.


As we study the book of Acts, it becomes evident that tangible manifestations accompany the Holy Spirit’s filling. Believers who were filled with the Holy Spirit often spoke in tongues as a result. It is crucial to understand that speaking in tongues differs from the gift of interpretation.

The focus is on the personal prayer language received through being filled with the Holy Spirit. Additionally, it is important to note that passivity is not characteristic of those who receive the Holy Spirit. Instead, there is a need for zeal, aggression, and a strong desire to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Book of Acts provides numerous instances where individuals were filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 10:44-45, Peter was interrupted by the Holy Spirit while preaching, and the Gentiles present were filled with the Holy Spirit. Their evidence of being filled was speaking in tongues. Similarly, in Acts 19:1-7, Paul encountered disciples in Ephesus who had yet to receive the Holy Spirit. After clarifying their understanding and baptizing them in the name of Jesus, Paul laid hands on them, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, resulting in them speaking in tongues.

By examining these instances, we can develop a biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and seek to be filled with His empowering presence.


Through diligent study and examination of other passages, we understand that speaking in tongues is an initial manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s infilling.

The first-century church understood that receiving Jesus and being baptized in His name was not the end. When the apostles heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

The believers in Samaria had received salvation, but they were missing the fullness of what God had for them. The apostles laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

This highlights the hunger and generosity of God, who desires to fill us with His Spirit and empower us beyond salvation.

The Holy Spirit has already been given to us, and countless testimonies witness the transformative experiences that await those who receive Him.

As we open ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit, we can expect God to pour out His power and ignite a fire within us. Let us cast aside any hesitation, embrace the promise of the Holy Spirit, and position ourselves to be filled with His power today.


Father, thank you for loving us. Thank you for giving us Jesus, but you didn’t stop there. You continued to heap on the gifts, giving us the perfect peace through the Holy Spirit. Father, let us live in that power, that acknowledgment, that understanding of what comes
through a life fully surrendered to you. Let it be so contagious and obvious that everyone stops us wherever we are and says, “What is going on with you?” And as Peter said, always be ready to answer why we have this hope, Father. Thank you for living through us and in us. We give you credit for it all. We celebrate you and pray in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

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