If you start on that basis you will by-pass so much grief and unhappiness, so much false effort and failure. The Holy Spirit: the power of God. I then understood Acts 3:19, "Therefore repent and be converted, that your sins may … This morning before my reading of the lesson I began to meditate on how sinful I am and how I need to be cleansed. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit …” Ephesians 4:30. THE subject of witness-bearing in the power of the Holy Ghost is not sufficiently understood by the Church. How does the Holy Spirit embolden us a witnessing disciples? The key is Jesus’ amazing life is summed up in Scripture: “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside” (Luke 4:14). The Holy Spirit gives the church the power to witness. The Power of the Holy Spirit Is Still at Work on the Mission of God. The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Witnessing. Read Matthew 3:1-2, 11. That is basically what witnessing will always be. Action Planning/Reporting Everything that Jesus accomplished while He was on earth was made possible by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to the Church to empower it to witness to Christ. The Holy Spirit is a beautiful and powerful part of who God is. John 6:63 Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” The Bible is the Word of God and when you read it, you are reading the life-giving power of the Spirit. | 5.SPIRIT-EMPOWERED WITNESSING | How could it be, that such a tiny g Power is the special and distinctive prerogative of God, and God alone. #3 The Holy Spirit Brings Power to Faithful Preachers. So she seriously prayed, “Dear Lord, I am not ready to go to a solitary confinement because of my Christian faith. The Power for Witnessing - The Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) Illustration - Peter The Apostles (Acts 4:31,33) A. In the one Spirit of Christ, we become the Church. This is a spiritual ministry (Ephesians 6:12) 1. It would have been a lot like man using a hand trimmer on his lawn when he had a gas powered mower setting in shed. Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Witnessing By Jim Kilmer Key Thought: The baptism of the Holy Spirit brings assurance that we are sons and daughters of God. Mr. Moody used to say in his terse and graphic way that when Peter said, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ (Acts ii.36), the Holy Spirit said, 'Amen' and the people saw and believed." SCRIPTURE READINGS: [ ACTS 2:1-11; PS 104; GAL 5:16-25; JN 15:26-27, 16:12-15 ] The feast of the Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. He ministered to and through the believers as they witnessed for their Lord in a variety of ways. This week we turn our attention to the ingredient in our lives that will give us power in our witnessing. The Holy Spirit today works through Christians to sanctify the people of God and accomplish His will of saving the lost and building up Christians in local churches. Prior to her Christian husband being released from prison in Iran, Maheen, feared that she might be arrested too. God is God: and power belongs to him. The Holy Spirit added His testimony to that of Peter and that of the written Word. Before He returned to heaven, Jesus said, “… you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit … But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:5-8. Person outside of Christ is spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) 2. We join the Spirit’s testimony with our lives: our actions and our words. God will not place you into a position or ask you to accomplish a task for which He will not fully equip and enable you. Holy Spirit is at work in diverse ways. He would still get the job done - it would simply be more difficult. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Witnessing in Power. Person outside of Christ is blinded by Satan (II Corinthians 4:3,4) All those who have placed their faith in Christ are immediately and permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11). Middle class decency does not take the place of the power of the Holy Spirit. • Many Christians fear witnessing because they think they have to do it with their own natural abilities, their own persuasive power, etc. The witnessing power of the Holy Spirit. If he delegates a portion of it to his creatures, yet it still is his power. With the Holy Spirit, we have power and help in all situations. How can I know that I have done my part in communicating the Gospel? It would have been frustrating. Part of that new life of Spirit-filled obedience is witnessing to the world of the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Combat the fear of insecurity. Is Jesus saying that baptism by the Holy Spirit is the equivalent, in importance, of a water baptism? For on this day, the Holy Spirit gathered together all the believers from every race and nation and bestowed upon them the Spirit of the Lord. Here are just 10 supernatural things the Holy Spirit does in your life. He strengthened them to face the trials and challenges of witnessing in a hostile culture. VII. Prayer point: Pray to God to help you draw people closer to Him through witnessing. share because the Holy Spirit is with you, guiding you as you speak. Within the months that followed this experience, my passion and purpose for life became clearer than ever. The Holy Spirit still works in the world today, accomplishing God's will through believers. The veracity of the Spirit is comprehensively described in the book of Ezekiel. 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.” The definiTion of success in personal wiTnessing is: "To share chrisT in The power of The holy spiriT, leaving The resulTs To god." I wonder if our ability to share our faith isn’t impacted by the amount of time we actually take in opening ourselves up to our source documents. It is His power through us that emboldens us and carries out the work. The Anchor Bible Dictionary, in its article on the Holy Spirit, describes it as "The manifestation of divine presence and power perceptible especially in prophetic inspiration" (Vol. WITNESSING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Secret Power — Dwight L. Moody. A daily baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us words to speak in season to the one that is weary (Isaiah 50:4). We also need to lose our reticence about witnessing for Jesus publicly, even if we are labeled as extremists or nuts. The Holy Spirit prepares the heart and then speaks through you to say the right thing, which is the gospel, to a prepared person under the timely circumstances. He led them to honest-hearted truth seekers. Unfortunately we are deluged with false principles of witnessing. Scripture always refers to the power of the Holy Spirit in relationship to witnessing and glorifying God. Throughout the Bible the Holy Spirit is spoken of in the Bible as being God's divine power. In a few short decades, the gospel impacted the entire world. Let's take the power plunge into our study! In other words, they could have begun witnessing without the Holy Spirit, but it wouldn’t have had the same power. Until we have more intelligence on this point we are laboring under great disadvantage. By soaking in God’s word, we activate our faith that helps us walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. “The power of the Holy Spirit.”--Romans 15:13. THE GIFT; Read Acts 1:3-5. I never knew I had that sinful trait. This provides the power for our witness. Through witnessing. Our main hall was filled with people, so we had opened another room. This person, possibly all alone, empowered by the Holy Spirit, can kneel and pray beside a sickly child, friend, or … The power of the Holy Spirit that works through an Evangelist with a ministry that reaches millions can also work through a single individual in the most remote place on earth. John 16:13-14. The Holy Spirit made their witness effective. 3, Doubleday, New York, 1992, p. 260).