The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.Acts 1:1
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus.Luke 1:3
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.John 14:12
It is believed that the book of Acts was written by Luke, an apostle of Christ who was also a physician. He was an eye witness to the great things and miracles performed by Christ while on earth. Apostle Luke must have been present when Jesus made a promise to the believer saying that they will accomplish greater exploits than what He did while on earth.
THEOPHILUS means lover of God. In this account, Luke the Apostle was addressing lovers of God and not just a single person. Lovers of God are those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb; those who are longing for his coming and are engaging the great commission. The lovers of God have been charged with the ministry of reconciliation- to inundate the nations with life of God. We are to be his witnesses. A witness is one who attests to the authenticity or existence of a thing. Apostle Paul spoke saying that “When I was with you, I certainly gave you proof that I am an apostle. For I patiently did many signs and wonders and miracles among you.” A witness is one who has proof of the existence of God and his great power. They are signs that accompany the followers of Christ. These are the things Luke was bringing to Theophilus attention
As we approach Pentecost in this season, God is calling his Theophilus to wake up. It is time to return back to the secret place you excellent ones. Luke addressed the Theophilus company as ‘most excellent ones’. Most excellent one speaks of nobility, those who exude the beauty of God’s holiness as a result of their intimate relationship with the Most High. There is a divine endowment upon the Theophilus that empowers them to bear witness of the resurrection and of the many miracles of Jesus. Christ is our model, our lives must be fashioned after his – we follow in his footsteps. Jesus was mighty in deeds and so we must give expressions to his power.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8
Power in the above scripture is the Greek word DUNAMIS which means capability, might, strength. Power is the force or ability to do something or act in a certain way. There are Satanic powers but that is not our interest here. Power is inherent in us because we have the nature of God within us. The force of righteousness, the power of resurrection dwells in us and this why we can overcome sinful habits, sicknesses and demonic oppression. We can release the supernatural abilities of God in us and through this divine force, we exercise influence and ruler-ship over Satanic powers and super imposed the spiritual over the natural.
Luke was speaking to the Theophilus company (you and I) saying “hey guys, you are about to receive the greatest power ever! This power will be ushered in by the Holy Ghost and when this power takes root in your life, you will become witnesses of this power.” DUNAMIS will literarily suspend the natural laws, reverse diseases and dismantle strongholds. God is revisiting the earth with this power again. The fire of Pentecost is falling down upon the earth and the Theophilus Company must wait upon the Lord desiring the later rain, and building synergy. The Theophilus company must seek the Lord through his word because DUNAMIS is the energy and force of God conveyed through the word. There is a divine summoning and it requires our obedient responds.
Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean Shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!Isaiah 52:1-2
God is calling us to life in the spirit- submitting to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and drawing strength to live a victorious life. Dust is what the serpent feeds on, Dust represents carnality; living in opposition to the will of God. This is your season of deliverance because the word of the Lord has gone forth. Power is made available to break free from satanic chains, from negative emotions and from addictions.
“Put on your beautiful garments” because the gates to your natural senses are being suspended and new gates to the realm of the supernatural are being opened. Revelation, insight will come as you shake off the dust and as you put on your holy garments, the heavens will open you up to a season of the miraculous.
God, this is the disposition of our hearts, that you will stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders . That you set our hearts aflame once again causing us to be flexible and responsive to your demand for us in this season in Jesus name