Why Witness?

Power from the Holy Spirit is not limited to strength beyond the ordinary – also involves courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority. The disciples would need all these gifts to fulfill their mission. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you can experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Jesus our Lord and Savior promised the disciples that they would receive power to witness after they received the Holy Spirit. Notice the progression;
1. They would receive the Holy Spirit
2. He would give them power and
3. They would witness with extraordinary results.
Often we try to reverse the order and witness by our own power and authority. Witnessing is not showing what we can do for God. It is showing and telling what God has done for us.
Jesus had instructed his disciples to witness to people of all nations about him as we get this in  Matthew 28:19-20
[19]Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
[20]Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be). (which is our mission as Light of Hope Missions.) But they were told to wait first for the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49 “And behold, I will send forth upon you what My Father has promised; but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high.
God has important work for you to do for him, but you must do it by the power of the Holy Spirit. We often like to get on with the job, even if it means running ahead of God. But waiting is sometimes part of God’s plan. Are you waiting and listening for God’s complete instructions, or are you running ahead of his plans? We need God’s timing and power to be truly effective.
Acts 1:8 describes a series of  ever-widening circles. The gospel was to spread, geographically, from Jerusalem, into Judea, and Samaria, and finally to the whole world. It would begin with the devout Jews in Jerusalem and Samaria, spread to the mixed race in Samaria, and finally be offered to the Gentiles in the uttermost parts of the earth. God’s gospel has not reached its final destination if someone in your family, your workplace, your school, or your community hasn’t heard about Jesus Christ. Make sure that you are contributing in some way to the ever-widening circle of God’s loving message.

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