#582 (19/4/22) THE SPIRIT EMPOWERS US TO WITNESS
This week, as we finish our studies on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, we will be looking at the way that He gives us the power to witness.
Following on from yesterday, one of the reasons that we find evangelism so difficult is that we are not being filled with the Spirit’s power. Jesus promised,
‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8)
'Power' (dunamis) is defined as miraculous power, might, strength, physical power, force, might, ability, efficacy, energy, having ability, power through God’s ability.
God’s power in us can make us effective as witnesses. This promise is for the church community to receive power to witness. A church that’s thirsting for and is being filled with the Spirit will bring the gospel to their local area and even to the ends of the earth!
The Great Commission says much the same thing,
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus, the one who sends us on His mission, declares that He has “All authority”. He has the right to command us and we should listen to Him. He also has the power so as make our obedience successful. Jesus is not a commanding officer who sends us whilst he stays behind enemy lines! He has promised to be with us, He is with us by the Spirit. What a great comfort these words should be to us.
How often do we ask for power? The account of Saul’s conversion, filling and subsequent evangelistic response is very helpful. Read and pray out of this account.
'Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptised, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.’ (Acts 9:17-20)