The Power of the Holy Spirit
Guest Devotion by Paul Leckband, Orphan Grain Train’s Director of Spiritual Correspondence
(Jesus said), “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me. And you also must testify for you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them. “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts. 2:38-41)
The Power of the Spirit: Jesus prophesied about the coming of the Holy Spirit, who would “testify about Me.” He also declared that the disciples “must testify.” This prophesy came true on that first Pentecost Sunday.
And so we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit. We read how Peter, who had denied Jesus three times, was miraculously given the courage and words to speak boldly to the thousands gathered in Jerusalem that day. “About three thousand were added to their number that day.” Yes, the Holy Spirit is that powerful.
We, too, have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, which most of us received at our Baptism.
We, too, are called to testify about Jesus Christ to a world that struggles in darkness. The Holy Spirit will also give us the words to speak and the courage to speak them.
Holy Spirit, we praise You for Your divine work among us.
Empower us to testify of the great love of Jesus Christ,
Our Lord and Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things given us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
"And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.” Mark 13:10
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12