“Do not cast me from out of your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit.” – Psalm 51:11, direct translation
One of the most common excuses for not becoming a Christian is the fear of failure to live the life of a disciple of the Messiah. Besides overlooking the fact that men cannot be saved on the basis of good works alone, (Titus 3:5) this objection neglects the truth that YHWH provides all of the power needed to sanctified believers. Before Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah was crucified, He promised the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha’Qodesh) to help them. (John 16:13-14; “Overcoming Fear during Tough Times“; “Opposing Fear“; “Fear & YHWH’s Protection“)
“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. ‘For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.’ When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, ‘Master, 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 Spirit 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 1:4-8, WoY
The events in the Book of Acts supply the initial evidence of the fulfillment of Messiah’s prophecy. (Acts 4:7, 33, 6:8) The power of the Set-Apart Holy Spirit is not limited to the first century gathering of the Messiah. Instead, all sanctified disciples are filled by YHWH’s Spirit. They have the power of the Holy Spirit available. (1 Corinthians 6:19; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“)
However, living a life under the power of the Holy Spirit must not be thought of as allowing someone else to take control while the believer does nothing. The Holy Spirit is the Counselor, the Helper. (John 14:26) Disciples must continue to live truthfully through the power of YHWH’s Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:13) You don’t continue to live purposefully in corruption. You put to death the sinful deeds of your life through the power of the Holy Spirit. (“The Real Power Behind Baptism“; “The Secret Weapons of Disciples“; “Break Down Walls of Darkness with Prayer“)
Anyone that struggles to live as a disciple in his own strength will fall. Through trust and obedience, the power of the Holy Spirit is brought into being every day as life is lived. (Romans 8:4-5) This means that the believer trusts the Holy Spirit in spiritual matters like sharing with others, resisting temptation, being obedient to Bible truth and in personal Bible study. Some want to proclaim a magic formula for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when trust and reliance on Him are what are of vital importance. (Titus 1:2; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“; “A Branch of the Vine through Trust“)
In their initial experience of the Holy Spirit, what the disciples experienced was quite different, even shocking. At least a few onlookers supposed that many present were intoxicated. They had never experienced anything like the expression of the Spirit on that day. (Acts 2:5-17) Some may have been tempted to make apologies for the unknown. It was apparent, however, that the disciples were not babbling, but were witnessing to one another in languages that could be understood by their fellow man. (“Gifts of the Spirit & Speaking in Tongues“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)
Peter, stirred by the Spirit, recalled the words of the Book of Joel:
“‘And it shall come to pass in the last days,’ saith Elohim, ‘I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahweh come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.’” – Acts 2:17-21, WoY
”Men of Yisra’ĕl [Israel], hear these words: ‘Yahshua [Jesus] of Natsareth [Nazareth], a Man from Elohim, having been pointed out to you by mighty works, and wonders, and signs which Elohim did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know, this One, given up by the set purpose and foreknowledge of Elohim, you have impaled and put to death through the hands of lawless men – Him Elohim raised up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was impossible that He could be held in its grip.’
For Dawiḏ [David] says concerning Him, ‘I saw YHWH before me continually, because He is at my right hand, in order that I should not be shaken. For this reason my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad, and now my flesh shall also rest in expectation, because You shall not leave my being in the grave, nor shall You give Your Kind One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life, You shall fill me with joy in Your presence.’
Men and brothers, let me speak boldly to you of the ancestor Dawiḏ, [David] that he died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being a prophet, then, and knowing that Elohim had sworn with an oath to him: of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, to raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne, foreseeing this he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah, that His being was neither left in the grave, nor did His flesh see corruption. Elohim has raised up this Yahshua, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore, having been exalted to the right hand of Elohim, and having received from the Father the promise of the Set-apart [Holy] Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
For Dawiḏ [David] did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself said, ‘YHWH said to my Master, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
Therefore let all the house of Yisra’ĕl [Israel] know for certain that Elohim has made this Yahshua [Jesus] whom you impaled, both Master and Messiah.”
And having heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Kĕpha [Peter] and the rest of the emissaries, ‘Men, brothers, what shall we do?’ And Kĕpha [Peter]said to them, ‘Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart [Holy] Spirit.
For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as YHWH our Elohim shall call.” – Acts 2:22-39, ISR98
If the Santified Holy Spirit was not to be called on all disciples of the Messiah today, then why is the ‘New Covenant’ filled with the evidences of the Holy Spirit? Surely, these scriptures apply to all disciples of the Messiah today. Rather, multitudes of professed Christians have rejected the power of the Holy Spirit, becoming apostates with the world.