Bible and Theology
True Power
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 8, 2018

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The world tempts us with fickle and fleeting power—rooted in selfish desires for wealth and fame. But the power of the Holy Spirit is completely other than the power the world offers and values.

Whatever tasks God calls us to do, we can remain confident that He will equip us with His Holy Spirit to guide our steps.


The power of the Holy Spirit gives God's children the ability to serve His purpose for our lives, giving us joy abundant and readying us for everlasting life unhampered by sin. The Holy Spirit's power is unlike any other in the world. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can transform us, relieve our guilt, and heal our souls. The Bible tells us:

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. . . . those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. (Romans 8:11, 14-16)

God wants us to use His power for His Kingdom. Jesus said, "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" (Acts 1:8). Whatever tasks God calls us to do, we can remain confident that He will equip us with His Holy Spirit to guide our steps.

As Christians we have an amazing power source available to us. But as long as we cling to the unfulfilling temptations of worldly power, we cannot experience the true power of the Holy Spirit. As long as we are deceived and mesmerized by worldly power, God's power will remain elusive to us.

Where do you seek power? Is it in a solid portfolio or a corner office or a prestigious degree? Or do you seek the power of the Holy Spirit to guide your steps and direct your purpose in life?

Prayer: God, help me to use Your power for the furthering of Your Kingdom. I pray that Your Spirit would guide and direct my steps each and every day. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13).