Power.  We think of strength or authority in our daily situations.  A baseball hitter is known to have power when he hits lots of home runs.  The President certainly has power as a ruler of a country.  A boss has power over employees.

What does “power” mean in the context of Acts 1:8 (But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.)?  Practically speaking, what power does the Spirit give me?

  1. The power over sin, the flesh, and Satan.
  2. The power of the Spirit bears fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.).
  3. The power of identity: I am God’s adopted child, righteous in His sight.
  4. The power to witness to God’s love and truth.

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