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Luke 24:44-46, "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day".

Christ's Work Has Been Fulfilled

Before we get into the message, I just want to mention that many are looking for future fulfillment of Christ's work out in some supposed millennial age, but everything the Psalmist said, everything the Law of Moses states, and everything the prophets foretold about Christ was fulfilled in His first coming in His death, burial, and resurrection. We can't go back in prophecy and prophesy or preach on things which haven't come to pass concerning Christ: His work has been fulfilled.

The prophets prophesied about Christ's first coming and what He would do in His first coming, and the Apostles spoke about His second coming; however, no prophet talked about His second coming. Therefore, if we try to preach on the second coming of Christ out of the Psalms, the Law of Moses, or the prophets, we're getting clear off the track because everything which they foretold has already been fulfilled.

In Luke 18:31 Jesus said, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished." We need to get our mind clear on that. This is why He said in Luke 24:46, "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day." Why did He do it? That all things pertaining to Him might be fulfilled.

In verses 47 and 48 He said: "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things."

"These things" are the three things He mentioned. The first one is, that everything which was written in the Law of Moses, in the Psalms, and by the prophets concerning Him had been fulfilled; second, they were witnesses to His death and resurrection (He had just appeared to them as a resurrected Christ); and third, they were witnesses to the fact that repentance and remission of sins must be preached among all nations. Jesus kept these things before them.

Enduement of Power

Jesus said in 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." We want to study from the Word of God about this "power from on high" and how it is to work within us.

Very little of the Word of God is written to sinners; most of it is written to the church of the New Testament because this is where the greatest need is. If the church will be the church, we can evangelize the world. Jesus knew this, Paul knew this, and all the Apostles knew this. I merely mention that because many say that so much of the preaching is to the church. Jesus called His disciples in the beginning and instructed them concerning this, and then He instructed them again right before His ascension.

In Matthew, Chapter 28 (which records some of the same experience that's recorded in Luke, Chapter 24), Jesus told them in verse 19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." he made us disciples so that we could go and make other disciples.

I believe that today we, as a people of God, have escalated more that we have spread out. Certainly, we need to see higher ground in our experiences, but our outreach ought to match our escalating. Going and making disciples was truly on Jesus' heart and mind, and He kept it before the disciples. If we're going to live as the Lord Jesus wants us to live, we're to live as disciples discipling others.

We want to notice three characteristics about these people which we must have if we're going to reach out as God expects us to. First, they were endued with power from on high. The second point, which we will study a little later in Acts 2:47 is, they enjoyed favor with all the people; this is something that has been lost today. Third, they endured the opposition counting it all joy.

If we, as modern-day disciples, are going to have the impact on society that we must have to get the work done, we must at least have these three characteristics (although there are more than these) showing forth as evidence. We, as the church, are definitely under obligation to evangelize the world. Therefore, we need to study and get hold of that which will secure success in this work.

Jesus said in Luke 24:48, "And ye are witnesses of these things." The disciples had truly witnessed the three things which I mentioned. Then He also said, "...but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Why? This work must be done: repentance must be preached in Christ's name to all nations; we must go and make disciples; but he said to tarry in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.

We can be witnesses to a lot of truths, but we can't convey it to anyone else without this enduement of power. That's exactly what Jesus is saying. This is where too many are lacking. Many of us know these things, we know they are true, and we are witnesses of it; but too many lack this enduement of power to be able to get it across as we ought to others.

Sad to say, some think this enduement of power is "jibber-jabbering " in some tongue, and others think this enduement of power is merely to keep them from losing their temper. Evan a great percentage of the preaching on the Holy Ghost is on how you can keep your temper under control or how to treat your wife right. Many have lost the real message of what the enduement of power is for, and because of it, we're not getting the Gospel message out to the world as we ought.

We want and need to get it just like Jesus gave it. This is a message to His disciples; it's not a message to the world. What's the message that Jesus was trying to get across? There are lots of things which we clearly understand, and we are witnesses to these things, but let's not go out and try to convey it to the world till we're endued with this power from on high or we'll be a failure.

Consecrated to Winning Souls

Our deepest problem, as the church, is not because we don't know the truth; nevertheless, in too great a way, we're lacking that link between us and the outside world. Study the word endue as it's used in verse 49 of Luke 24. It means "special talents, special gifts, special convincing powers." We're not getting the Gospel message across as we ought. It's one thing for us to understand the Word, and quite another thing to be able to convey it effectively to someone else. We need this enduement to convey the great understanding that God has given us to a lost and dying world. No one, at any time, has the right to expect success in winning souls to Christ without this enduement.

Jesus told them to "tarry." I would say that one thing which is definitely necessary is, first of all, they were consecrated to bring in one accord. They dismissed everything from their minds and sought that which Jesus told them to, and they thought only upon that thing which Jesus had sent them out to do.

We can read about that one accord in the second chapter of Acts. It says that they continued in one accord. What was it? Preaching from house to house. That one accord is different and so needed today. Too many may not realize it, but there' a great difference between peace and the power of the Holy Spirit in the soul. Jesus didn't talk in terms of receiving peace from on high (that's all many are interested in), rather He spoke of "power from on high."

Some today have repented and committed their lives to God, but the question is, Are we consecrated to the work of winning souls, making disciples for Christ? Too many have just made a general commitment. We may say, "Here is my life. Take it, Lord. Use it as you want"; but to receive this power from on high, there must be a commitment to the service of God of going and making disciples; this is what they were in one accord on.

This is exactly what Paul was talking about in Romans, Chapters 11 and 12. Paul told how Israel got cut off, and then he said that we, as Gentiles, need to be careful or we could get cut off just the same. After he finished the eleventh chapter, then he said, "I beseech you therefore..." Why did he say that? There's a danger of us losing out and no longer being the people of God. He's calling for us to present our body and make a commitment to the service of God.

Presenting Our Body a Living Sacrifice

Jesus let us know that no man could be His follower unless he would do three basic things: deny himself; take up his cross, which is a symbol of consecrated service; and present his body a living sacrifice. He cannot use one who is dead, but we must, every day, every hour, be a living sacrifice on the altar for God. This is one of the lacks and one of the reasons why people are so cold and formal.

It's only when the sacrifice is laid on the altar completely that the fire falls out of heaven. We can have the fire falling in our life every day we live if we offer this sacrifice to God. No sacrifice is laid on an altar from a heart full of love and a deep appreciation to God but what God does not send fire out of Heaven to touch that sacrifice, not to burn it up---it's a living sacrifice; the living fire of the Holy Spirit will fall in our soul.

There needs to be more sacrificial service, being fully committed to God. This was the condition which the disciples met. Yes, working for God will upset our plans. The trouble is, too many want to work for God and work His service into our plans. God's service won't work into our plans. There has to be a place where we unreservedly lay our will down, letting God know, "I want to be a living sacrifice. This is my reasonable service. I want to serve You and be of service to You above everything else." If we will come to that place, God will send the Holy Spirit.

Too many have consecrated in a general way. I'm talking about making a commitment to the place that God in Heaven sees that it's coming from our heart. Talk's cheap. We can reach the place of commitment like the disciples did, where they were in one accord with one thing in mind---I want what Jesus said I could have, and I'm going to use it to win the world for Christ. When we reach that one accord, God will still pour out His Spirit and the power that's needed for His work.

Far too many are satisfied with peace and joy, and don't know anything about this enduemnet of power. They don't have much thought of winning others to Christ. The big struggle that many people have in their lives is, "Just help me to hang in there until I die."

The devil has so blinded some who claim to be in the church that they feel they have done a wonderful thing if they've just lived right and been true and have never won a soul to Christ; they think that Jesus is going to say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." However, that "good" part is what we work on all the time, it's one thing to be good ourselves, but it's another thing to be faithful to the souls of men and women around us. There's a lack of this. May God help us to see it.

Acts 1:14 says, "These all continued with one accord in prayer..." There was perfect agreement among them: they were all seeking one thing. Certainly, they weren't together on their doctrine because not much doctrine was understood, but they were in one accord, in perfect agreement, seeking one thing: the enduement of power from on high that Jesus promised. They all had the same vision: repentance and remission of sins must be preached to all the world. We need one accord on these thoughts.

Jesus told them to wait until they were endued with power. They waited because they realized that they needed strength and power from on high, which is far above the human wisdom, strength, and power. In the second chapter of Acts, we find that they received the mighty, powerful baptism of the Holy Ghost. This baptism imparted a diversity of gifts to be used in accomplishing great work for Christ.

When they received power from on high, they realized that having this power meant a self-sacrificing life. We can't live a self-sacrificing life to God's standard without the power of the Holy Spirit. They received the power to live a cross-bearing life, and they readily and willingly laid down their lives and spent them just as Jesus did.

Power to Prevail with God and Men

They received the power of meekness and loving enthusiasm. Oh, how we need this enthusiasm that power from on high can bring. Too many have lost the real enthusiasm. They're not the least bit excited about the Gospel. There's no need to try gimmicks or to give away things to get enthused about it. People will do anything but preach the Gospel with power. In one city where I was holding a meeting, a preacher said he was going to preach from the roof and then jump off when he got done. Seems like the devil must have been talking to him. People turn to schemes because they've lost the power. When we have the power of the Holy Ghost, we don't need any gimmicks.

The morning church received enthusiasm, and the real workers of the church are still enthusiastic. This power from on high brings an enthusiasm. As long as we get a fresh baptism of it every day (we'll get it every day if we take up our cross daily and make a commitment daily) and continue to yield our life to God, He will send the fire, and with the fire will come an enthusiasm that we lack otherwise.

Somebody may say, "Oh, they received the gift of tongues." That's right; it was to be used to speak the Gospel message to people of other languages. They didn't speak in a "jibber-jabber". The only time God will give the gift of tongues is when there's a need. As long as we're preaching to people who understand the language we're speaking, or as long as there's a good interpreter who can interpret what we say in the language of the people, God will never give the gift of tongues.

Too many have confused this power from on high with the gift of tongues. The power from on high was not the gift of tongues; the gift of tongues was just one of the means which God used to proclaim the Gospel. God will use any means that's needed. The Holy Ghost is the gift, and He's the giver of many gifts as a means to proclaim the Gospel.

I have never spoken in tongues, but I did have the precious blessing of having that which happened to Peter happen to me. In the Philippines, every ten to twenty miles there's a different language because of the lack of transportation through the islands. The first time I went there, quite a crowd was gathered during their convention. A brother was going to interpret for me in the most pronounced language, but he was not able to effectively interpret. So after a few minutes, I said, "Brother, we're not going to get the message across to them." I stopped right then and looked up to God and said, "You are the same God that moved on Peter, Lord. Here is a people who need to hear the Gospel." I preached in my tongue, and they all told me that they understood every world I spoke.

Nothing is impossible with God, but every gift He gives is to an end. We mustn't confuse this power from on high with anything else but what it is. This all-important enduement makes us able to prevail with God and man; it's the power of the Holy Spirit to fasten saving impressions on the minds of men.

People say that if you just get the gift of tongues, people will believe you and it will drive away confusion, but you can read in the Bible that tongues brought confusion. I don't wanna name any group but many are teaching one hundred percent contrary to the truth. Countless millions are being led astray with deceptive teachings which have no foundation in the Word of God. Someone may say, "Oh, the tongues convinced the crowd that those disciples were of God." The Bible tells us that it amazed them, made them doubt, and confused them.

Acts 2:11-12 reads: "Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. [Here is what tongues did for them.] And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?" A better translation says that they were in confusion.

When Peter finished preaching his message, confusion and doubt were gone, and in Acts 2:37 we read, "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?" In other words they were asking, "What shall we do to get this experience?" How did they get the confusion driven away? Peter rose up and preached the Word anointed with power from on high (this is the only thing that will drive it away), and they were pricked in their heart.

God's Power makes the Work of God Effective

Three thousand souls were converted after Peter finished the message. Some people say, "Oh, you have to live it before people to get them converted." Yes, Living a godly life is necessary, but they didn't have time to live it; this happened within an hour. I want us to see how we need this power from on high. The Gospel must be preached, but we can't unlock the hearts of men and women without this power; all we do is throw them into doubt, despair, and more confusion.

On the other hand, when we have this power from on high, it will prick the hearts of the listeners, whether they want to accept it or not. This is the thing that's needed today. God wants to pour out His Spirit upon us and give us this power, but we're not going to have this power until we tarry before God; then we'll become endued with it and God will give us gifts, talents, and divine help from on high. This is something that only God can do; man can't do it no matter how great an orator he is or how much hypnotic power he has to sway audiences.

People will never be pricked in their hearts until this power from on high pricks them. We can work ourselves to death and spend all we have, but if we don't have this power from on high, we can't make disciples. We can be witnesses to lots of things and know them for sure, and even have a burden to see people saved; but the message is, don't try to work with them until we get this enduement of power from on high; we'll only confuse them.

The words Peter uttered was with new power that made a saving impression upon the people. This power from on high makes it God speaking through us. Paul kept this thought before the people in Romans 11:36 when he said, "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." It's the very power of God manifesting Himself through us.

We need to ask ourselves the question, "Do I have this power from on high?" We can run a little test to see if we do. Let's read Acts 2:41-43: to see how this power works. "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

"And they continued steadfastly [Most converts today do well if they last ten days. You may say, "They didn't sell out." That's necessary, but let's go back one step: Did we preach with this power from on high? This has everything to do with whether or not people really get converted. They not only continued, but they continued steadfastly; they were strong.] in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship [They kept right on: as the Apostles preached more doctrine, they continued in it; they stayed in the fellowship.], and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear come upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles."

Do we want to see mighty works and wonders done? They won't be done until the fear of God gets back on people. This enduement of power from on high will definitely cause people to be converted; it will cause them to continue. After an evangelist has preached and done an effective work, we need to spend hours and sometimes parts of days on our face before God, because unless we're endued with the special power from on high, we'll lose them.

Caring and Sharing With Others

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:44-47).

The morning church had favor with all the people because they cared and they shared. They thought nothing was their own, and wherever there was a need, they met it among all men. That will still give us favor with the people. Congregations have gotten so tight with their money, and they're pouring it into their own coffers when there are suffering people all around.

We don't care enough and share enough, and because of it, we don't have favor with all the people. This enduement of power will cause us to care like Jesus cared. He didn't preach to people with empty stomachs; He fed them first, then He preached to them.

There are many, many souls who need help, and caring and sharing will give us favor with them. Some are so taken up in their earthly problems, and we can talk about Jesus and about getting saved, but it won't have much effect until we try to help them work out some of the problems, the we'll start having favor with them. The visitation program is almost lost by the ministers, and completely lost (in general) by the members.

The enduement of power will lead us and direct us to those who need help. We get in the pulpit and say that the divorce rate is up. This is true, but why don't we take it a little further? The divorce rate is up, so there are bound to be several thousand young mothers with children who need help, comfort, and support. Too many times, we don't think about them. We put an ad in the paper and say, "If they want to come, they know when church is." That's not working, and it never will work; that's why we're not growing.

This enduement of power caused these people to care and share. Here's where we're hung up. We need a fresh enduement of power that will move us away from self-assessment and self-importance. Someone might say, "Well, I don't see anybody who lives around me that needs help." We never will until we get this enduement and get our eyes cleared up.

I remember one time when the "missus" and I made several trips to the third story of an apartment building to pray with someone. One particular time when we went, God just impressed me to stop at the apartment on the second floor. I didn't know why. There we found a mother dying of cancer all alone with no care. We worked with her and led her to Christ, and the "missus" changed her bed and kept her clean. When she died, I preached her funeral, and we won other families to Christ as people looked on what we had sone.

In too many cases, we want to get favor with the people every other way than the way God says. Christ wants us to be witness to His resurrection, but we can't do it until we're endued with power.

The morning church cared so much that they could tell the Apostles, "Nothing I have is my own. If the need arises great enough, I will sell my property. Just let me know, Peter." They cared and shared, and they brought the money and laid it at the Apostles' feet, and with great power they gave witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that he was resurrected.

I pray that God will help us. There are people who are in desperate need, and they will respond to caring. So many in the world are unhappy, but the world is advertising the wrong message. The beer joints have what they call "Happy Hour" between certain hours, and they sell drinks half price during that time. Now that happy hour doesn't bring happiness or a cure; it just postpones going home to an unhappy marriage and an unhappy home. We need to see the need of being endued with this power from on high.

The Wells of Salvation

We read that the early church continued daily in one accord in the temple, breaking bread from house to house. They rejoiced, no doubt, saying, "Oh thank God, I'm so happy! I thank God for what He has done. Isn't working for God a wonderful thing!" They ate their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God.

Whenever we get this power the aisles will be full of people praising God. I'm not talking about just making noise. An enduement of power will build up more fervent praise, and it will come out through our eyes, our mouth, and our feet. We'll be like David of old. We'll shout the aisles and say, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name." Too many are just saying, "Bless us, Lord." Did we ever think about blessing the Lord?

There's so much dullness and drabness today; so many are unhappy. We have the only secret of real happiness, and God wants us to go forth with it.

John 7:37 says, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." When the priest went to the Pool of Siloam, he got a pitcher of water, and going through the old ceremony, he would pour out the water and quote Isaiah 12:3 which says, "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."

When the priest finished this particular time, Jesus stepped up and said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me..." In other words, He was telling them, "I am here to fulfill Isaiah's words. Isaiah talked about it, you have gone through the ceremony of it; now I am here to give you the experience. If any man drinks of this water, out of his inward parts will flow rivers."

One of those rivers is the river of influence. There will be a river of influence flow out through our life, having the element of power to impress the truth of Christ upon the hearts of men. This commission to make disciples is given to us as our life's work, not just to the ministers, but to every saint.

We must have a deep conviction of the need of this enduement before we can successfully work. Too many are working on their own salvation and never get settled to the place that they can give their lives for others. The devil wants nothing better. Satan's not asking us, as Christians, to go out and commit some vile sin. He wants to keep us in a frustrated state where we are ever working on our own salvation, never getting to the place of helping others.

Somebody may say, "I can't do it." Well, I will just make it plain: Christ doesn't expect us to make bricks without straw, so to speak. He furnishes the straw. Have you been endued? Have you been provided with this power from on high that makes the work of God a blessing and makes it effective?

Transforming Renewing Power

We must tarry often for this power; it's not a "one-shot deal". Too many put singularity on that text of waiting until we're endued. We may possess the Holy Spirit, but only a special yielding to Him and daily prayer brings a renewed infilling. When the morning church got in trouble, what did they do? They prayed and God poured His Spirit out on them afresh. The same ones who had been filled before, God filled again.

The only people who will seek this enduement are people who have come face to face with their inadequacy. As long as we feel that we're all right the way we are, we'll never seek this enduement. As long as we feel that we're doing enough, we'll never ask for a way to do more. There's no problem feeling adequate for a totally unchanging, unchallenging type of salvation, but this type fails to challenge the world. We only discover our inadequacy when we discover the immensity of the work to which we've been called.

I pray that we'll turn our minds to our city, our neighborhood, wherever we live. Let's think upon the callousness, the hardness, the blindness, the carelessness, and the ungodliness---what a state the devil has people in. Then after we think about the awful state that our community is in, let's change our thinking. This experience will renew our mind. Let's read Romans 12:1-2: we'll be transformed, and there will be a renewing of our mind. What does a renewing of the mind mean? We'll start thinking differently.

Without this enduement of power from on high, we'll look at the godless condition, and our prayer will merely be, "Lord, help me survive it. Don't let it get me." On the other hand, if we get this enduement, our prayer will change, our mind will change, and we'll start praying. "Lord, revive me." There'll be a transforming of our mind. We'll lose the thought of just holding out against it. There will be a power surge in our soul to the degree that we will believe that God can change circumstances. In addition, it will put an enthusiasm within us, and we will start thinking in terms of how we can help change the people around us.

The work of God will overwhelm us and cause us to feel our inadequacy; that's the way to go to God. Then after He fills us afresh with this power from on high, we'll be able to stand up like Paul and say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:13).

Enduring Opposition

Another characteristic which we must have is that of enduring opposition. This power from on high caused them to turn problems into great victories. We're talking about the church that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. The morning church endured opposition. Everything they did to help others got them into trouble, whether they cast the devil out of someone or healed a lame person.

The opposition is probably as great today as it ever was in some areas, but if we get endued with power from on high, we can endure it. I don't mean "put up with it" when I say endure, I mean "wear the opposition out to the place that it has to bow and give in to something good."

Let's read Acts 3:1-6: "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple, Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

"And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said [When Peter said, 'Look on us,' he included John; but then the next thing he said was singular, and he didn't include John in what he said. I want us to see the reason.], Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee..."

We can't give away something we don't have. Peter was bold in his statement. Nowhere did he say that he would pray for the man and ask God to heal him; rather he said, "such as I have." John didn't have it; he never did have the gift of miracles or healing. The Bible says that John worked no miracles, but Peter did. Peter had the gifts of healing and miracles, and he knew that he did. Where'd he get it? Through this power from on high that gives out many gifts, as needed.

Then Peter said to the lame man, "...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." (verses 6-7).

When Peter took hold of him, strength went into his body and he raised up and went through the temple leaping and praising God. He upset the program. Those chief priests, no doubt, thought, "Boy, here's an easy case. Here's a couple that we can easily handle"; but they didn't know who they really had. Peter said in so many words, "I would like to ask you one thing, men: Why are we being examined? Are you bringing us in for helping a cripple? What kind of people are you? You need help."

When Peter got through speaking, the chief priests and elders realized that these ignorant, unlearned fishermen were not just ordinary men, but there was something peculiar about them. The people then wanted to know how they did this. Peter told them, "In the name of Jesus," and there's no salvation in any other name. They were endued with power from on high, and they turned opposition into opportunities.

Read Acts 4:13-19, and it will tell you the remainder of what happened. They were questioning Peter as to whether it was right in the sight of God. The chief priests didn't want them healing people. In essence Peter said, "Is it right for me to obey God or obey you?" They couldn't answer because they knew that if they said to disobey God and obey them, the multitude would turn on them; they were afraid. The Bible tells us they had seen God glorified. The power of God had been manifested in a real and unusual manner.

Only God in Heaven knows what we might have to go through to get truth to some people. We won't get the mass multitudes into our worship services. We must go wherever God would take us in our daily living; but we must first be sure before we go that we are endued with power from on high. Let's wait before we go to work, wait before we go shopping; wait before we go on vacation. Why? Two hours ahead of us, an opportunity may arise, and without this power we'll cringe and back away from it. Our world is full of opportunities, but the message is, wait until you are endued with power from on high.

Opposition didn't stop the morning church or even cause them to compromise on the Word. They got together and prayed, "...Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word" (Acts 4:29). I want to ask again, Have we been endued with power from on high? Are we having favor with the people? Are we enduring opposition and turning it into opportunities to glorify God? This is why this power was given. The world needs to know about it, see it, and feel it; but let's wait until we're endued with power from on high.

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