Power to be a witness for Christ!
Scripture reading for November 6th: Acts 1-4
I was saved as a young teenager in a country Methodist Church in Iowa. I gave my life to Jesus but did not know about the Holy Spirit or His work on my behalf. I grew up, went to college, got married and began to build a family and farming business, still unaware of His presence and power. I rededicated my life and my wife got saved in our late twenty’s and we began to hear about the Holy Spirit. The people we were studying the Bible with were different. They had power in their lives and were full of joy. The talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit and we heard some of them praying in a different language!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
As Jesus ascended into heaven and two men dressed in white told the disciples that this same Jesus would come back in the same manner as He left. They were to wait for the promise of the Father as Jesus had instructed them! (Luke 24:49-53) This power from on high was sent from the Father to bless the disciples and enable them to do the work of God.
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were all together in the upper room and suddenly, the wind began to blow! Tongues of fire entered and rested on each one and they all began to speak with other tongues and glorify God. They went out from that room speaking in other languages telling the wonderful works of God. Peter stood up and preached and three thousand repented, were saved, baptized and told to receive this gift of the Father for power! (Acts 2:38-41)
Let me encourage you to ask the Lord for this power. (Luke 11:9-13) The Holy Spirit is our “helper” sent from the Father to live in those who believe on Jesus Christ. (John 16:7-15) He takes the Word of God and reveals it to us. He is our Counselor. He is our “baptizer” and fills us with the power we need to be effective witnesses for our Lord Jesus!