When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:6-8)
Today's Morsel: The 181 streamers attached to the Army Flag staff denote campaigns fought by the Army throughout our nation’s history. Each streamer (2 ¾ inches wide and 4 feet long) is embroidered with the designation of a campaign and the year(s) in which it occurred. The colors derive from the campaign ribbon authorized for service in that particular war. The Church has fought many campaigns from her inception. She has always been given a watchword for the spiritual campaigns she would fight, and that word is "Power." A watchword is a word or slogan that encapsulates a mode of action, a set of beliefs, or membership of a group. It's a word or phrase that somebody has to say or have to prove a right to be in a place with restricted access. The church is to be full of power so that man can rebuke sin (Micah 3:8), she is to operate in power (Luke 10:19), and she is to manifest and project her power ( 2 Samuel 22:30). She is mightier than any physical force (Zechariah 4:6), and the Captain of the host is Jesus. The Lord said, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." When we understand that we are the church, and that we are called to be witnesses for Him, then we understand why we need power.
Sing: I may never march in the infantry, ride in the Calvary, shoot the artillery, I may never soar over the enemy, but I'm in the Lord's army, Yes, Sir!