The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, has hinted that the Spirit of Power granted to believers by the Holy Spirit is able to transform them for maximum impact.
He made this known on Sunday, October 15, 2023, during the climax of the week-long “Fire Conference 2023” organised by the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic, in Accra.
The conference, which was themed, “The Spirit of Pentecost For Maximum Impact,” featured the General Secretary of the Church as the main speaker.
Apostle Obuobi expounded on the topic, “The Spirit of Power” and highlighted the significance of the event of Pentecost for the Church and humanity.
He explained that Pentecost was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Acts 2:1-4.
He highlighted the four things that happened on that day: a sound of a mighty rushing wind filled the house where they were sitting, tongues of fire appeared and rested on each of them, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
He further stated that the Spirit of Pentecost has two key characteristics: the Spirit of power and the Spirit of holiness.
He quoted Acts 1:8, where Jesus promised his followers that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and be his witnesses to the ends of the earth.
He also cited Luke 24:49, where Jesus instructed his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were clothed with power from on high.
Apostle Obuobi emphasised that God never intended for his children to walk without clothes, meaning that believers need to be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit.
He said that this power sets believers apart as people of God and enables them to perform extraordinary miracles, as demonstrated by the apostles in the book of Acts.
He described the power of the Holy Spirit as immeasurable, unlimited, and surpassing, according to Ephesians 1:19. He stressed that this power was the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, as recorded in Matthew 28:1-6.
He also pointed out that God did not give believers a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and self-control, as stated in 2 Timothy 1:7.
The General Secretary outlined three purposes of the Spirit of power in the lives of believers.
The first purpose, according to him, is to transform their lives from ordinary to extraordinary, from natural to supernatural, and from weak to strong.
He said: “You cannot encounter the Spirit and not have your lives transformed. This power transforms the ordinary into extraordinary, the natural into supernatural. The power also transforms the weak and makes him strong.”
The second purpose is to transform their nations and societies by being salt and light to the world and influencing others with their godly character and conduct, adding, “When one’s life is transformed, they (believers) in turn transform society and nations.”
Apostle Obuobi noted that the third purpose is to make an impact for God’s kingdom by preaching the gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons, and doing good works.
“The Spirit of Pentecost is released onto men for impact. A life that carries the Spirit of God is a life that makes impact. The Holy Spirit is not meant for only speaking in tongues, but to empower us to have much impact,” he explained.
He concluded by urging the congregation to seek and receive the Spirit of Pentecost, which is the spirit of power, and to use it for God’s glory.
He prayed for God to fill everyone with his Spirit and empower them to be effective witnesses for Christ.
He also challenged Christians to live up to their calling as God’s children and not just consume resources, but make a difference where they are.
He quoted Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Other speakers at the conference included Apostle Dr Amos Jimmy Markin (Director of Evangelism Ministry), Apostle William Boakye Agyarko (Haatso Area Head), and Elder Seth Peasah (El-Bethel Prayer Centre).
The Fire Conference 2023 started on Monday, October 9, 2023. It was attended by hundreds of members and visitors.
The conference was aimed at igniting a fresh fire in the hearts of believers and equipping them with the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill their divine mandate on earth. It was also a time of worship, prayer, fellowship, testimonies, and miracles.