I just got off Skype with my mother and we were drawn into the revelation of God's mercy, love and constant faithfulness to us. As we talked more and more about the Holy Spirit's leadership in our lives, we began to think about the fact that the Holy Spirit was promised.
One way to look at a promise is in the form of a guarantee. It's assurance. A promissory note is a written promise guaranteeing that you'll get what someone said you would get. It's tangible and brings security to you while you wait for the appointed time to come. Christ promised the Holy Spirit would come and be with them and in them at an appointed time. In fact the Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we'll get what Jesus said we can have. When the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles, the received power. This was something Jesus said they would get. Having the Holy Spirit was the same as having the tangible thing they expected. Peter did things under the power of the Holy Spirit that he struggled doing every other day of His life. The Apostles found themselves changing cities and families through their faith when before, they were just mere fishermen. The Holy Spirit made sure they fulfilled the things Jesus said they would.
What then? Do we have excuses not to become who God said we would become? Should we fear what people say about us in our times of weakness and growth? Should we keep record of our wrong or our failures? No! It's not your abilities or your strengths that have allowed you to see what you have thus far. It's the Holy Spirit coming upon your faith and your gifts and your obedience to let God perfect you. The difference between you and the person you think is so great is the measure of confidence they have over you... And this they got from learning to stay rooted and grounded in the work God called them to do.
If you are a generator that provides power when power has stopped flowing, and your faith is the chord, being plugged into a power source like the wall socket won't help because there is no power flowing from the wall. You can't work and won't see results. But if you are this same generator and you realize the ability to generate power is within you, you won't look for someone to give you power, you have the power inside you. You just need to oil and some gas to make you work!!!!
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
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27