Don’t go until you’re empowered
“Tarry…until you are endued with power from on high.” Lk 24:49 NKJV
You may be educated, experienced, and talented, but you will never fulfill God’s purposes for your life until you’re “endued with power from on high.” Read these two Scriptures: (1) “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” (v. 49 NKJV). (2) “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting…And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ac 2:1-2, 4 NKJV). The transformation was amazing! Peter, who had just denied Jesus, stood before the crowd and preached the gospel to them. Did he get results? Yes. “That day about three thousand souls were added to them” (v. 41 NKJV). And the power they had just received was also their source of strength when they faced hardship and persecution. “When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Ac 4:31 NKJV). This wasn’t a onetime experience; they were continually filled with the Holy Spirit. You say, “I’m not good enough to be filled with God’s Spirit.” Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Lk 11:13 NKJV). Today ask God to fill you with His Spirit, and He will.