SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” – Acts 1:8 (NKJV).

The prime purpose of the coming of the Spirit of God upon the disciples was to equip them to witness.  The Comforter does not come in order to allow men to be comfortable, but to make them witnesses for Jesus – Acts 1:8.  This is not a word only for the ‘big guns’ of evangelism with their structure and organization.  It is the promise to all believers who will open their lives to the operation of the Holy Spirit in fullness.  We have been called to be witnesses of the Kingdom of God.  The secret of personal witness is not the intensity and often the unreality of sallying forth armed with a bunch of tracts ready to run every unsuspecting soul into the ground: but the real power of personal witness is felt where the reality of the love and power of Jesus through someone raises the sort of questions in others that require an answer.  Christians, in the main, have lost the art of being ‘naturally supernatural’ in their daily relationships and involvements with other people.

As witnesses for Jesus, our lives do need to be different and not contradict what we say God can do.  But more than this, we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit within us.  Middle class decency does not take the place of the power of the Holy Spirit.  We also need to lose our reticence about witnessing for Jesus publicly, even if we are labeled as extremists or nuts.

Prayer point: Pray to God to help you draw people closer to Him through witnessing.

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