The power of the Holy Spirit is what gave Jesus the confidence to overcome fear during the wilderness temptation.

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When Jesus returned from the Jordan River, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Spirit led him into the desert.

The Greek word for power is “dunamis” (Strong’s #1411). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words give this definition: “that which manifests God’s power.” The power of God is in the earth today in the person of the Holy Spirit, and we know that the Holy Spirit manifests God’s power. The Holy Spirit lives within you to manifest God’s power through you. This is the first thing that overcomes fear, and this is what gives you confidence – knowing that the power of God is available to you in the person of the Holy Spirit. You can overflow with confidence through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Power can also be defined as ability. In fact, if you look up the word “power” in Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, it says, “for the different meanings of which see ability and might.” Then (when you look up the word ability) you’ll find this definition: “power, ability, physical or moral, as residing in a person or thing.” God’s ability resides within you in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides within you to manifest God’s power through you!

Ability is also defined as “power in action.” I heard one motivational speaker say: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” Action is the antidote for fear and lack of confidence. Ability is power in action, and action overcomes fear!

When you look up the word “might” (in Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words) you will find this definition: “power denotes inherent ability, capability, and ability to perform anything.” The capability to perform anything resides within you in the person of the Holy Spirit. This capability includes God’s grace. Grace is the capability of the Holy Spirit within you! (See Heb. 10:29.)

The presence of the Holy Spirit within you makes the power of God available to you. Relying on the power and ability of the Holy Spirit is a Christian discipline that needs to be developed. It’s not automatic, especially in Western culture where we are taught: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” The confidence you need to overcome fear resides within you in the person of the Holy Spirit!

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