What does it mean to be energized?
To be energized means to be vitalized, invigorated, and enthused. Something triggers excitement, causing a fresh supply of energy to flow. Well, the Holy Spirit enables, energizes, and gives us understanding. The Power of the Holy Spirit is promised to every believer.
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; he has a mind, emotions, and a will. He possesses the same characteristics as God. He’s omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the power of God.
Things That Energize Our Walk With God
Before going to the Cross, Jesus prayed to his Father, asking him to send the Holy Spirit because He knew we needed a helper. Therefore, He briefed the disciples on what they should expect regarding the Holy Spirit. One of the most essential facts that He told them was if He didn’t go away, the comforter could not come. Although they did not know where Jesus was going, they trusted and obeyed his instructions (John 14:16-18).
The power of the Holy Spirit equips us for the task at hand. Our bodies house him; he is our live-in helper. Jesus describes him as the Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, and Strengthener. The spirit-filled believer trusts him to guide, teach, comfort, and counsel. As we submit to his will, we find ourselves yielding to His promptings and we’ve totally surrendered in obedience to him.
Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit allows supernatural power to flow. Holy Spirit makes a phenomenal entrance in the Book of Acts, Chapter two. This happened on the day of Pentecost; they were all on one accord in one place. And suddenly, a sound came from heaven as a rushing mighty wind filled the house. There appeared to them cloven tongues like a fire, and it sat upon them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4). He appeared just as Jesus told them he would come.
Hearing God’s Voice
Whenever I hear God’s voice, I am excited, overjoyed, and humbled by His presence. It’s comforting to listen to the voice of the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. After hearing his voice, we can rest assured that everything is in His hands. We experience a sense of gratitude, reverence, and blessed assurance because God is with us. He knows exactly what we’re going through, and he’s aware of our needs. We’re no surprise to Him. Being omniscient, He knows the condition of our hearts and the level of our faith.
All believers need to know God’s voice. When God speaks, his voice is still and quiet. Elijah identified God’s voice as being calm and gentle (1st Kings 19:12). He speaks to us from the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. However, his mode of communication isn’t limited by circumstances. He spoke to Moses out of a burning bush (Exodus 3:2). He even made a donkey talk (Numbers 22:28). God speaks by His will and purpose for our lives.
Faith Comes By Hearing and Hearing By The Word of God (Romans 10:17).
The entrance of the word gives light and life and informs the simple (Psalms 119:130). When we listen to the word of God, we are moved by what we hear, and it tantalizes and energizes us. For example, the sacrifice that Jesus made for the world and how God knew we needed a Savior should move us with compassion. He suffered, bled, and died an agonizing death in exchange for the life of sinners who didn’t love Him. Our responsibility is to be obedient to His will in sharing the Good News with those who don’t know all that Jesus has done for us. Our struggles fail in comparison to His sacrificial love. (*Read Isaiah 53).
We must share the Gospel message because it inflames us when we do. After hearing someone tell their testimony, we realize that the things that we complain about aren’t as bad as what the next person may have experienced. This helps us put things in proper perspective, and we can rationalize and analyze things wisely. Hearing about a situation that brings light and truth and opens our hearts changes things for the better. Always remember that God can change a bad situation for our good and His glory.
Studying The Word of God
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observer to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
We must study the scriptures and meditate on God’s word daily. To meditate means to think deeply about what God has said. Make it a priority to open your Bible. This is how we grow in knowledge and understand spiritual things.
Proverbs is a wonderful Book to Study when seeking wisdom. It’s filled with a wealth of information designed to enlighten us spiritually. The benefits are immeasurable. There’s a complete treasure chest that becomes our personal stash of information that gives us an understanding of navigating the vicissitudes of life.
We should always be ready to give an account of the hope that we have, for the gospel light we have is not to be covered but made obvious for all to see and benefit from (1 Peter 3:15).
Our testimonies are powerful and life-changing. When we share our testimonies, others are energized after hearing our experiences. The same is true as we read the stories within the pages of the Bible; the testimonies are like beacons of light shining brightly for all to glean spiritual nuggets. These are real-life testimonies.
Miracles, Signs, and Wonders
We have all heard that famous phrase, “The word will work if you work it.” That means if you use the word wisely, it will work. It will accomplish that which God has purposed. Nothing excited me more than seeing God’s word at work.
Jesus’ ministry was accompanied by various miracles, signs, and wonders. The purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to confirm God’s hand on His messenger; (John 10:37-38). In fact, Jesus was accredited by God to us by miracles, signs, and wonders; (Acts 2:22).
The primary purpose of miraculous gifts is proof that the gospel message is true. Biblical signs and gifts refer to miracles such as visions, healing, restoration, speaking life, and prophesying (1st Corin. 12:4-11; 2nd Corin. 2:12).
God’s hand still performs miracles, signs, and wonders today. He miraculously heals the sick. Open blinded eyes and mends broken hearts. Spiritual gifts are also given to believers by the power of the Holy Spirit. He freely dispenses gifts according to his will. The most essential gift freely given to us is the eternal gift of salvation; (Romans 10:9-10).
I’m sharing one of the most prolific and influential testimonies ever! The disciples were crossing the sea of Galilee when a tumultuous storm arose. Suddenly they saw a shadow coming towards their boat, and thinking it was a ghost, they feared for their lives. However, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. Peter ever enthusiastic and impulsive, said “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” The apostle got out of the boat and headed toward Jesus. But when he saw the effects of the wind, he was afraid and he began to sink, he cried “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:22-30).
Question: “Have you ever tried to walk on water?” I’m not asking if you stepped on a puddle of water. Have you ever attempted to walk on a large body of water? There have been many who attempted without success. However, this isn’t Peter’s testimony. He got out of the boat after Jesus commanded him to come. Peter was energized by His presence!
Look at it this way, if Peter took one step before sinking, he did more than anyone who attempted to claim the title. Peter’s name should be listed in the Guinness World Record as the first human ever to walk on water. No earthly person can defeat this record! I’m sure the disciples talked about this for years. Ha ha! I hope you’re energized, friends.
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