When Charles Finney was ministering in Utica, NY one day he visited a cotton mill in that area and as he walked through it, he observed that the workers were under the sense of conviction. All the workers burst into tears spontaneously as Mr. Finney approached them. When the owner of the mill came to know what was happening, he told the supervisor of the mill to “stop the mill and let the people attend to religion; for it is more important that our souls should be saved than that this factory run”. The work was stopped and they all gathered in a large place, to them Mr. Finney ministered the word of God. There were a great number of conversions that day, all the workers gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus! Why don’t we see more of that today? Maybe because when Finney found no power in his life, he would fast and pray until it returned.
Jesus told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit, then they would receive power. For many people who come to Christ, the “power” promised by Jesus never seems to come. Why? Life is a struggle from one sin to the other, a life of defeat. What did Jesus mean? The Holy Spirit for the believer is not an option. No Holy Spirit = No Salvation.