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Luke 24:49 The promise of the Father is to be clothed with power.
Acts 1:4-5 ?Clothed? in Luke is similar to ?baptized? in Acts. The power that the promise brings is not minuscule, rather huge, encompassing everything about your new life in Christ. You have power!
6-8 The promise of the Father is to receive power with the holy spirit. The spirit empowers you to be a witness of Christ. The life you now live shines forth the resurrected Christ. You are not the same, and others can see the difference in you.
Matthew 5:13-16 The lifestyle that Jesus put forth in the Sermon of the Mount could not be implemented in full force until the spirit came, but once the power was given, believers were empowered to live the godly life that Jesus himself lived. We are now empowered to live like he did.
Romans 8:5-6 Flesh = death; spirit = life and peace
7- 8 Flesh is hostile toward God and cannot please Him.
11 We now have a life-giving spirit that is life in all its aspects. We have the ability and authority to live the good, godly life. We must believe it and claim it as our own.
The fight we have with the flesh is fueled by the evil one, who is called the tempter and the accuser. He tries to trap us in an unvirtuous cycle. We must use our God-given power to get off the merry-go-round.
12-15 The evil one also uses intimidation like fear to keep us in slavery, but the chains are broken; the prison door is wide open. Walk out!
2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18; Hebrews 2:14
Romans 8:16-18 God has our back.
28-39 This is who we are; this is what we have; this is what we will be. Do not believe the lie. You have the power to live as a conqueror.
Acts 1:8 Be a witness