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Jesus told the disciples that they must wait upon the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The word translated “power” here is the Greek word dunamis.
“The Greek word dunamis entered the English language when the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-96) made the discovery that became his fortune. He discovered a power stronger than anything the world had known up to that time. He asked a friend of his who was a Greek scholar what the word for ‘explosive power’ was in Greek. His friend answered, ‘Dunamis”. Nobel said. ‘Well, I am going to call my discovery by that name.’ So called his ‘explosive power' dynamite.

 
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ANOINTING AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In Scripture there seems to be a parallel in the operation of the Holy Spirit and anointing oil:

1. Anointing. The act of anointing indicated the bestowal of authorization through the spirit to act in certain capacities.
a. The anointing symbolized the empowerment of the individual by the Spirit to fulfill His divine calling.
2. Kings were anointed. The kings of Israel anointed (1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13).
3. Priests were anointed. In establishing a priesthood for Israel, not only was Aaron anointed (Leviticus 8:12), his sons were too (Numbers 3:3). The unity of the priesthood’s anointing with the high priest is nicely expressed in Psalm 133:1, 2.
a. Throughout the Old Testament we see oil being used for holy purposes. The priests were consecrated and ordained unto God as oil was poured upon their heads … "Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him" (Exodus 29:7 - see also Leviticus 8).
b. During such ceremonies oil was used abundantly, for it ran down the priest's beard and clothing … "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments" (Psalm 133:2).
c. The large quantity of oil used reminds us of the New Testament Baptism in the Spirit.
i. So we seek to immersed in water baptism rather than sprinkled.
4. A Prophet was anointed. The only biblical example was when Elijah was told to anoint Elisha as his successor (1 Kings 19:16).
5. Jesus was anointed. The anointing spoken of in Isaiah 61:1 is applied by Jesus to himself in Luke 4:18, 19.
6. Christians Today: The same anointing he had is passed on to the Christian’s authorizing the church as his body to spread the good tidings in his name.

 
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INFOLUST Consumers are lusting after detailed information on where to get the best of the best, the cheapest of the cheapest, the first of the first, the healthiest of the healthiest, the coolest of the coolest, or on how to become the smartest of the smartest. The driving force behind INFOLUST is the human need for power and empowerment, or at least the illusion thereof. Information is power. So is knowledge. INFOLUST reveals traditional power centers have survived because of an unequal distribution of information, not because of their brilliance or skill or because they did something unique. (Trend Briefing 4/06)

 
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John Maxwell states, “It’s amazing what can happen to and through an ordinary man when God pours a little hardship and the power of the Holy Spirit into the mix…One ordinary man, a little persecution, and a touch from the Spirit of God led to massive conversions in the city of Samaria. As Jesus had predicted, the gospel message made its way from Jerusalem into the outlying world (Acts 1:8). Philip illustrates what one leader, ...

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INFOLUST Consumers are lusting after detailed information on where to get the best of the best, the cheapest of the cheapest, the first of the first, the healthiest of the healthiest, the coolest of the coolest, or on how to become the smartest of the smartest. The driving force behind INFOLUST is the human need for power and empowerment, or at least the illusion thereof. Information is power. So is knowledge. INFOLUST reveals traditional power centers have survived because of an unequal distribution of information, not because of their brilliance or skill or because they did something unique. (Trend Briefing 4/06)

 
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ILL: THE TRIANGLE OF MINISTRY
If you picture a triangle – at the top is Jesus because we know “He is the way, the truth and the life.” At the bottom of the triangle are the different members of the body that God has uniquely placed here.
In the middle is the Holy Spirit. (READ JOHN 14.26) (his purpose)
From our study of Ephesians, we know the Holy Spirit is the Protector & Administrator of The Church so now ADD THE CHURCH to the middle of the triangle. The job of the church through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is to help us along the journey to Christ.
Each Member of the Body (through the HS) learns and performs the task which Jesus has equipped them to do (each according to their ability as Jesus determined).
Through the different ministries of the church, every believer not only grows themselves but ALSO allows the HS use them to grow and mature another.
The Result is that the “whole building is joined together” as Paul says in Ephesians 2:21-2, so that “to rise & become (a process of the journey) a ‘holy temple’ – a ‘dwelling’ in which God lives by His spirit”.
So the CHURCH through the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit helps TO PREPARE US FOR THE JOURNEY God has CALLED US TO WALK.

 
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Individual workers, not IT organizations, are driving the next wave of technology adoption, notes a Forrester Research report. There is a movement toward user control and individual empowerment in the workplace. Once an isolated minority, these unhappy consumers have entered the mainstream of work life with a growing technical self-confidence. The braver souls shun corporate “help desks” as much as possible. Because Web-based services are often free or charge little, budget restrictions rarely apply. The power of the IT manager as corporate gatekeeper is going away. (USAToday.com 3/6/08)

 
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Easter, Redemption

The apostle Paul wrote about this redemptive work of Christ upon the Cross and victory that is available to the children of God through the resurrection of Christ. He writes, "So you are no longer a slave..." (Galatians 4:7) Jesus said, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (Jn. 8:36)

On the Cross of Christ the price was paid in full for your freedom so you can be freed from the bondage to sin. There is a Biblical term for this freedom that the Lord purchased for those who have Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The term is "redemption." "Redemption" (apolutrosis) here means to let go free for a ransom. There are many forms of this word for "redemption" in the New Testament. "Lutroo," is "The recalling of captives to set them free, referring to sinners set free from captivity, the bondage of sin, by the payment of a ransom for them through Christ's death." It is important to note that in a least four passages of Scripture sin is presented as slavery. (John 8:34; Romans 6:17,20; 2 Peter 2:19) Another form of the Greek word for "redemption" (lutron) means "Deliverance on account of the ransom paid" as spoken of the deliverance from the power and the eternal consequences of sin which Christ purchased by laying down His life as a ransom for those who believe. Redeemed (lutroo) by the highest cost possible, through the shed blood of Christ. Redeemed, (agorazo) literally set free from the slave market of sin, death, and hell. Redeemed, (exagorazo) literally delivered out of the enslavement to sin. In the first century, whenever the Greek Word (lutron) for "redemption" was used, people would naturally know that it was referring to the price being paid to free slaves.

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Ever-flowing Stream Of Grace
"Empowerment for Service"

Jesus taught, "Christians know His voice." Christians also know, [He] is the Lord [and] He is the everlasting God, the Creator of... the earth. He [does] not grow tired or weary..." (Isaiah 40:28)

"Empowerment for Service: We serve the God who has existed from eternity, is unchangeable, and has everlasting love for us. He longs and loves to give whatever is needed to His children. James, the half brother of Jesus writes, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and for twelve months of every year our God is able to meet the needs of His children and empower them for service. The Lord is our Creator, our Sustainer, and the Holy Spirit is sent by God. Jesus is available to work in us and through us twenty-four seven. The Bible says, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church..." (Colossians 1:15-18a)

As long as Jesus is Savior and Lord of your life, there is no need for worry because He is in charge and in full control at all times. The child of God who knows this walks in faith, produces the fruit of faithfulness, and does not look at his circumstances. He looks to the God who "...rewards those who earnestly seeks Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

Does your life express God's "Ever-flowing Stream of Grace?" Do people see that He has absolute control in every part of your life and that you trust in His unchanging character?

 
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“The Spirit’s empowerment is what allows us to exhibit what He wants – the love, the unity, the sacrifice, the selflessness, the exhibition of the covenantal relationship between Christ and the church, etc. But that means walking with and submitting to the Spirit. To the degree that I / we do that, the greater the smile on His face.”...

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