I don’t know about you, but sometimes I used to feel helpless in the face of temptation. Just the thought of facing temptation drove me be nervous of certain situations where I know things were going to hit me hard. I continuously felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety and even fear. I knew that the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead was in me, but it never occurred to me that there was power in that truth. I always thought of the Holy Spirit as a helper (John 14:26) – someone who would kind of push you along and tell you what or what not to do. After all, didn’t Jesus say that the Holy Spirit would be there to remind me of the things that He had said? That’s where my view of the Holy Spirit started and that’s where it ended. It wasn’t necessarily a narrow or shallow view; it was just an incomplete one. And even as I write this, I don’t profess to have the Holy Spirit down to a simple equation. But as I dove deeper into the Word, I began to see another side of the Holy Spirit, one that I had never paid attention to before – that of a source of power. I’m not talking about a power you tap into like the Force. I’m talking about the power that comes on you the moment you become a believer. It’s the same power that was in Jesus. After His baptism, Jesus went into the desert to be tested. After three attempts by Satan to disprove His deity and test the Scriptures, Jesus had had quite enough. After his third attempt I can imagine Jesus turning and giving Satan the most deadly glare and yelling “Enough! ‘Be gone, Satan!’” (Matthew 4:10) He literally scared the devil away! I want that same power! You see the Holy Spirit was around before Jesus ever came on the scene. The Spirit would come upon men and women who God chose to use. There are countless accounts of the Holy Spirit filling men and women in order to fulfill the task that God had appointed them for. Pharaoh clearly saw the Holy Spirit was upon Joseph (Genesis 41:38). The Holy Spirit empowered men and women to lead Israel during the period of the judges (Judges 3:10). But the problem was that this was not a permanent situation. There are also many accounts of the Holy Spirit departing people, the most prominent one being Saul in light of his disobedience (1 Samuel 13, 16:14). Thankfully, those days are gone. During Jesus’ ministry, he promised the arrival of the Holy Spirit to help them walk in the transformation they had experienced. He made good on that promise and the Holy Spirit came upon the believers at Pentecost. What never really sunk in was that He had also promised them power from the Holy Spirit – the same power that was in Him and had raised Him from the grave. You see when He said that the apostles would heal the sick and cast out demons, it was not by their own might. It was through the power of the Holy Spirit. This same Spirit is inside all believers today. Many of us, myself included, have forgotten this key part. Yes, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us. But He is also there to give us power to proclaim the work of Jesus. That same Spirit that was in Jesus resides in you. You have the authority to cast out demons. You have the authority to heal the sick. You have the authority to tell Satan to “be gone.” That authority is inside of you…simply walk in it! So next time you think that temptation is too strong and it seems like the devil is winning, just remember that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords gave you the same power He possesses and use it!