Empowered for service of the King
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is not a message filled with words, it is a message of power. For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power (moral power and excellence of soul)1 Cor 4:20.
We will not be able to establish His Kingdom here on earth out of our own abilities. Anything that we attempt in our own strength, no matter how sincere we are, are a waste of good time. I have learned to depend only on YHVH with everything I do, yes I mean everything!
The works of the enemy or even desires of the flesh, can’t be overcome out of our own strength. You can listen to the best teachings or even give them yourself, but it means absolute nothing if it has not the life-giving touch of YHVH - His breath upon it. It is only His Spirit who changes hearts. Our knowledge of the Word may inspire, or correct people, but without the living power of God through His Holy Spirit, no one will be set free. Not your personality that always convinces people, not even your money, no, nothing other than the power of the most High God can change our lives.
Just like Yeshua we need to rely on the power, strength and presence of Holy Spirit to fulfil the call of YHVH on our lives. So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]. Joh 5:19
I am leaving for Hyderabad - in the province of Andhra Pradesh, India on Tuesday, to bring the gospel and His Kingdom to all the earth. You see we don’t have anything to offer other than His power flowing through us. This is where our Father wants us, totally dependent on Him and Him alone.John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
I was ministering in Augrabies this weekend. It was so wonderful to experience, that it doesn’t matter where you are on earth, even in the Kalahari, there God is. The stars were so, so beautiful at night that I did not want to go to sleep. It is one of Africa’s gifts, to experience the beauty of nature. How can we not love Him and trust Him? There under the stars, I was lying on the grass, with the African night life in my ears, just worshiping YESHUA for His unconditional love. I felt so incredibly privileged.
Yes, with every step of this journey I can feel how Yeshua takes out, more of Retah, more of my own preconceived ideas. The more I surrender the less complicated life and even everything about myself, becomes.
One day in a church service a pastor asked Aldo – ‘so Aldo, what is the key?’ I was so surprised by the question and wondered what the answer was going to be? Aldo looked at him for a long time with his one eye, and said in his slow speech – Sir, less of you and more of God!
Father, we pray that You fill us afresh today, with Your Holy Spirit. Father, help us to continue on this journey of intimacy with You. Take us further than we have ever imagined, Lord. You said in Your Word – draw near to Me and I will draw near to you. In You we have our being.
May that be for me and you as well – less of us and more of God our FATHER.
Shalom to you – Retah and family