Power-Filled Living

With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all... -Acts 4:33, NIV

Spirit-filled living is power-filled living. Kingdom power is that enablement given to us through the anointing of the Holy Spirit who has been given to transmit the King’s love and grace, works and wonders, through us as His servants and ministers!

But there is a common vulnerability we all share. Like Simon of Samaria, we may fall prey to a human hunger for power for its own sake, instead of understanding that God’s power has been given to us for the sake of others. (See Simon’s error in Acts 8:14–25.)

To block the entrance of such erroneous misunderstanding, two rules are to be remembered:

First, power for today requires fresh fullness for today. Ephesians 5:18-19 points the way: “Keep on being filled with the Spirit.”

Second, God’s power is always attended by His grace. As our text shows, a graciousness will be present in the manner kingdom power is ministered. Further, because it is God’s doing—by grace, not human works—only He will be glorified. It is here that kingdom people are at their best!