Acts 1:8 – 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 steam produced in a train engine is not only to blow its whistle, but the main purpose is to power the engine and move the train down the tracks. In the same way, the empowering of the Holy Spirit is not given for people to have their own needs met, or to appear super spiritual among others. The Spirit comes upon you in order that the message of the gospel might be moved throughout the world around you. Jesus didn’t say, “You will witness.” He said, “You’ll BE witnesses. Things will happen in a naturally supernatural way in and through you that will witness My reality.” What made Billy Sunday effective? What drove D. L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, or Billy Graham to serve the Lord Jesus? Read their biographies, and you will see that, without exception, each of these men had an undeniable encounter with the Holy Spirit. Every believer should be a “world Christian,” able to function for the Savior from the other side of the street to the other side of the world.
As your pastor, I want you to experience the power of God working in your life and through your life. God has promised to give you the power of the Holy Spirit, if you ask Him for it. God wants you to have His power in you and flowing through you. He wants to give you the power to live this life abundantly and joyfully. So I challenge you, right now to ask God to give you the power of His Holy Spirit to do His will today and everyday. Then step out in faith and BE a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ to your family, your fellow students, your friend and everyone you come in contact with this week. When the disciples received the Holy Spirit at pentecost, they were immediately changed. They began to see Gods power flowing through them as they shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone around them. They began to speak boldly and confidently about their Savior. May the Holy Spirit empower you to be the bold witness that He wants you to be. Share with someone the blessings God has given you and shown you recently. That is what a true witness does. God bless you.