Friday, 3 May 2019

Be My Witnesses

Scripture: Acts 1 v 8:   "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth."

Among the last words Jesus said to His disciples before ascending to Heaven forty days after His resurrection from death, was "Be My witnesses". It needed the Holy Spirit baptism ten days later to turn them from frightened believers into Apostles of Jesus when His power came upon them. 

Whenever we encounter unexplained mysteries we search for witnesses who can enlighten us. Everything about Jesus needed an explanation. The four Gospels were written by those closest to Him to provide eye-witness accounts from His birth to death and beyond.

Today, we have to be witnesses to others of the real and powerful changes His salvation and presence have made in our own lives. Those who were once tormented by fear witness to the constant peace they now have. Jesus said in John's gospel, "My peace I give unto you". I  can personally testify to 45 years of peace that passes all understanding.

Jesus told His followers that they would witness in Jerusalem (their home city) and Judea (the area around them) and in Samaria (another country) and to the uttermost part of Earth (everywhere else). So wherever you may be in the world, this word is for you.

We need to give Jesus the glory for miracles, healings, financial and other blessings. The world, who do not know the love of Jesus, need to hear from those who are blessed and refreshed by it. They need to hear your testimony of how Jesus saved you and changed your life.

The Holy Spirit backs up your truthful testimony so do not embellish it. Tell it like it is and even if the hearers do not immediately respond, the Holy Spirit will keep your words in their minds until He achieves His purpose and they feel the conviction of sin upon them.

People who get saved without the conviction of sin never have a real conversion of heart. Its only when they know they are sinners condemned to eternal Hell that true salvation comes to them. When salvation is real you have a witness from the Holy Spirit that you are a child of God.

So never be ashamed to tell people what Jesus has done for you. Your witness is a seed planted in their soul that will be like a grain of sand inside an oyster shell. It bothers that oyster until he makes a pearl out of it. Jesus is known as the Pearl of great price, and He will keep your seed bothering that sinner until His purpose is achieved.

Let today be filled with testimonies from everyone who reads this message. Do not procrastinate, tell someone now of the blessings you have received and let Jesus get to work saving that soul from death.  We cannot save anyone, but we can witness for a Jesus and open a way for Him to germinate and water the seed you have sown.

Some of the seed has fallen on stony ground, or a hard-hearted person, and you or others will be called to pray as the Holy Spirit leads to bring that soul from denial to acceptance.  Some seed falls into shallow ground, which quickly accepts without knowing the true salvation of God.  Without vigilant prayer this soul will be drawn back into the world.  

Things that produces the cares of this world include traditional religion and being under the Jewish law.
Galatians 3 v 1 - 3:  "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
 2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"

Paul was very agitated by those who were once walking in the power of the Holy Spirit being deceived into now living under the law of keeping Sabbaths and doing tradition rituals that had become a bondage.  It is a modern problem too that has affected many millions of Christians.  I know of a man, who was once a dear friend, who lost his way by becoming more Jewish than any Israeli.  His last words to me were that I was not cleared for the deeper information!

So in our witness to others we should seek to know what their spiritual standing is, and if they have deviated into error.  Christianity is not a hobby, it is a commitment for life to our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus, who gave His life for us.  It is not a Sundays only social club, but a daily walk with our Saviour to be a beacon of light to those who are in darkness.

Colossians 1 v 9 - 13: "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
 13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:"

We are all able to do our small part, like a child giving the mixture one stir and believing he made the whole cake.  Our Father is the one putting it all together, but needing us to drop our seeds where He shows us.

  • Prayer: Father God, You sent Jesus to be our Saviour. He does the work to bring each sinner to You. Our job is to be a witness, as often as possible, to plant seeds of hope into a sinner's heart. Give us boldness and zeal to plant many seeds for Your power to bring them into Your heavenly home. In Jesus' name. Amen.