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What Does it Mean to Walk in the Power of God/Holy Spirit?

To walk in the Power of God means that you are walking with God and accomplishing His will on the earth. It means that you are consistently drawing near to Him through prayer, fasting, and the reading of His word and that you are reaching out to the lost and making disciples.

To walk in the power of God means that you are doing these four things: (1) been immersed in the Holy Spirit, (2) been continually filled with His Spirit, (3) been releasing faith in the name of Jesus over impossible circumstances, and (4) been consistently preaching the Gospel and making disciples.

This is the blueprint for what it means to walk in the power of God and His Spirit. It is the example we see laid out in the book of Acts by the apostles and by the men of God who did extraordinary things.

Let’s cover each one of these individually.

Be immersed in the Holy Spirit

The first step to walking in the power of God and His Spirit is to be immersed in His Spirit. This is just another way of saying to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. After all, the word “baptism” just means “immersion”.

Throughout the book of Acts, we see people receiving the Holy Spirit by being baptized in the Holy Spirit. This was a critical step in the discipleship of new believers in the eyes of the apostles and of the Lord Jesus (Acts 8:14-17 & 19:1-7).

In fact, before Jesus ascended to be with the Father in Heaven He wouldn’t even let His own guys go and preach the Gospel until the Holy Spirit came upon them. Instead, Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“..You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:5 & 8).

The reason for this?

The apostles simply weren’t ready without the power of God resting upon them. In order to be a successful witness of Christ’s resurrection we need His resurrection power.

Being immersed in the Holy Spirit is the first step to accessing the power of God. It is the doorway to seeing God’s power manifest.

If we want to walk in the power of God then we need to first be clothed with His power by receiving this Person called Holy Spirit. (Related article: How to Receive the Holy Spirit and Speak in Tongues)

Be continually filled with the Spirit of God

Another key we see through the book of Acts is they weren’t just filled with the Holy Spirit one time, but instead, we see that they lived in such a way that they remained filled with the Holy Spirit on a continual basis. (Related article: Filled with the Holy Spirit: Does it Happen Once or Multiple Times?)

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel” (Acts 4:8)

“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business” (Acts 6:3)

“Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said” (Acts 13:9)

Remaining filled with the Holy Spirit is key to walking in God’s power. In fact, it is so crucial that the apostles wouldn’t even allow 7 deacons to be appointed over waiting tables unless they were continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3)

So how do we remain filled with the Spirit of God so that we ensure that we are continually walking in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Well, I have a whole article on the subject that covers this in much more detail (you can access it by clicking here) but here is a scripture that reveals this very clearly:

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5:18-21)

Notice a couple of things; first, being filled with the Holy Spirit is a command, not a suggestion.

Second, in order for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit he tells us exactly what we can do; sing to the Lord through psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, give thanks continually, and submit to one another to avoid complaints and disputes.

If we do these things, this scripture reveals that we will walk filled with the Holy Spirit.

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Release faith in the name of Jesus

The third thing we see in the Book of Acts is that the men of God that we read about released faith over impossible circumstances.

To walk in God’s power is to experience His power on a continual basis and this only happens once we release faith.

The first two steps were easy. They only had to do with receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which is a promise from God, and drawing near to God so that we remain filled with Him.

But this step is where it starts to get difficult because it requires risk and it involves action.

In order for us to release faith over impossible situations we need to be in search of these situations. When we go to Walmart, Target, the park, our neighborhood, etc. we should be keeping a lookout for those who need a miracle.

And then once we find those people, we lovingly approach them and pray over their situation in faith so that it can be miraculously changed.

We see this happen over and over again throughout the Book of Acts.

“And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” (Acts 3:4-7)

“And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.” (Acts 8:6-7)

“And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately.” (Acts 9:34)

Not only do we see it happen throughout the Book of Acts but we also see it mentioned as a sign of a believer by our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons..they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)

In short, we are called by God to not only be clothed and filled with His Spirit but to also act in faith so that His Spirit can flow through us and touch the world with His miraculous power.

[Related article: How to Act on Your Faith (Step-by-Step)].

Consistently preach the Gospel & make disciples

Finally, we see that in order to walk in the power of God and His Spirit we need to be preaching the Gospel and making disciples.

For the scripture says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

We have already seen that the power of God is a Person named Holy Spirit. That when the Holy Spirit comes over us, we immediately receive power.

However, that power only becomes active once we start proclaiming the message of salvation and start making disciples.

The reason for this is we have not received power from God just to have power. We don’t have power just for the sake of having it.

No, we have power so that we can be witnesses and so that we change the world for Jesus.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The Holy Spirit is in the business of saving the lost and discipling the saints. He is not in the business of oohs and ahhs, but SIGNS and WONDERS.

His wonders are simply signs pointing to Jesus.

If the miracles do not point to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and of His resurrection, then they are not true wonders.

The flow of God’s Spirit is found in the river of salvation and the edifying of the saints that propels them to Christ.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it assisted your walk with God!

God bless all of you!

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