Power to be a witness!
Scripture reading for November 5th: Acts 1-4
I was saved as a young teenager in a little country Methodist Church in rural 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. In our late twenties, I rededicated my life and my wife was saved and we were invited to a Bible study. The people we were studying with had power in their lives and were full of joy. They talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit and we heard some of them praying in a different language. We visited their church and heard a message in a different language and then an interpretation! We even heard them singing in other languages and it sounded like heaven!
“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
The disciples were all together in the upper room and suddenly, the wind began to blow inside their room! (Acts 2:1-4) 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 3000 repented, were saved, baptized and told to receive this gift of the Father for power! (Acts 2:38-41) The church was born and powerful witnesses spread the Gospel throughout the world!
The Holy Spirit is our “helper” sent from the Father to live in those who believe on Jesus Christ. (John 16:7-15) He is Immanuel, “God with us”. He takes the Word of God and reveals it to us. He is our Counselor, giving us direction, correction, and encouragement. He works with us as we share God’s word to bring conviction to the unsaved of sin, righteousness and judgment. He enables us to be effective witnesses by releasing God’s love in our hearts. We receive Him when we repent and are born again. We are commanded to be continually filled to enjoy our new kingdom life here on earth. (Ephesians 5:18) Why not ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit today!