Friday, February 24, 2023

Witnessing Requires Power

Broadcast 3587
1 Corinthians 4:20 (KJV), “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power".
One of the last instructions Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection was to wait for power. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49 KJV). He promised to send the promise of the Father upon them, but did not send them to witness until they had received power.

As believers, we have the Holy Ghost, and as long as we remain in God, eternity with Christ is secured. However, there is a life to live right here and right now since we are not returning to God the same moment we received the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, "tarry until you be endued with power." In other words, don't rush out to witness for me just because the Holy Ghost has been poured upon you. You will have to wait for power to be added before you can become effective witnesses.

So in Acts 1:8, we read, “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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8 KJV). While we no longer tarry or wait for the Holy Ghost, we still have to tarry to be endued with power, and it is after this that we become effective witnesses.

Go into today knowing that what makes a witness according to Jesus is not receiving the Holy Ghost alone, but the Holy Ghost and power (Acts 10:38). Pray and ask the Lord Jesus to endue you with power to be an effective witness for Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I want to be your witness. Please endue me with power. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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