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June 1                    

Arrows of the Almighty



Power From On High

Luke 24:49 - "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." 

     The story is told that shortly after WWI, Lawrence of Arabia was entertaining some of his Arab friends in Paris. He showed them the sights of the city: the Arc d'Triomph, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees. It was a remarkable irony to Lawrence that these amazing sights were not what most impressed his Arab friends - but rather the bathtub faucet of their hotel room. They were completely astonished that someone could turn a handle...and get all the water he wanted.
     As they were preparing to leave Paris, Lawrence found his friends in the bathroom with wrenches trying to disconnect the faucet. They said, "It is very dry in Arabia. What we need are faucets. If we have them, we will have all the water we want." Lawrence had to explain that the water did not come from the faucets, but rather from the water supply to which they were connected. It doesn't matter if you have a faucet - if you're not connected to the water supply!
     It story well illustrates what happened on the Day of Pentecost, how God endued those in the Upper Room with power from on high! They waited - and waited - and waited, for the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. They couldn't go proclaiming the gospel they were afraid. Then 50 days after the resurrection they all received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, prayed in tongues as the Spirit of God gave them utterance. Then boldly persuasively they began sharing the truth about Jesus Christ. They were endued with power from on High!
     The Lord did not want these saints just to be faucets - but rather, conduits of His power!




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