DAY 35 - Power to Be an Eye-Witness - Tom Pauquette
Power to Be an Eye-Witness
Acts 1: 4, 8: On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about... 8 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.
Good news it looks like theres going to be food in heaven!! Can you imagine? In the passage above it starts by saying that Jesus, risen from the grave and on His way back to the Father, was eating with His disciples. I like that.
Then Jesus gave them a strict command: Wait! He told these excited disciples to hurry up and wait. What were they to wait for? They were to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. They were commanded not to go off and try to save the world, speak in His Name, or even conduct a simple Bible study until they had first been empowered to do so. They were commanded to wait for the Holy Spirit to come on them.
Verse 8 tells us why. It says that they were guaranteed of one thing if they would wait for the Holy Spirit to indwell them power! They would have the power they needed to live (and die) as eye witnesses to the movements of God Himself. They would not be preaching about the Gospel, they would be living and preaching the Gospel itself.
Believer, being indwelt by the Holy Spirit is not an optional experience reserved only for the enthusiastic. Being filled, immersed, apprehended, and guided by the Holy Spirit is at the essential center of our walk with the Lord. The truth is that we have a job to do. But it is a job we can not do. Only the Holy Spirit can do it through us. It will only happen through us if and when we give ourselves to being filled once and freshly filled again with Gods Holy Spirit.
Are you living your life in the Holy Spirit? Thats where the power is. Are you holding still and submitting yourself to God in such a way that you can be indwelt by His Spirit? Set aside a time right now when you will clear away the world and enter in to the Lords Presence for this very purpose. If you have experienced this before, then you will be glad to do so again. If you have not yet had this experience then buckle up and hang on tight.
Have a power day!
Tom Pauquette is the Senior Pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City