The Holy Spirit’s job is to teach us about Jesus
…to lead us into all truth
…to empower us to witness
…to conform our character to be like Jesus
…to pray through us
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Greek word for “power” is dunamis.
The New Testament Greek Lexicon defines dunamis as: strength, power, ability. It further clarifies this word by saying:
- inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
- power for performing miracles
- moral power and excellence of soul
- the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
- power and resources arising from numbers
- power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
In Acts that word dunamis is 10 times within it, in reference to power, to miracles and signs and wonders. The power given in this Book of Acts is for everyone who believes in Jesus, according to Acts 2:38. And the power displayed, whether a healing or miracle, all points to the power of Jesus.
Its not our strength or ability…its His through us. His power to keep us, to form our character, to heal and perform miracles. We must strive to give Him the credit, should He choose to use us to see a miracle in someone’s life. A few years ago we were with a missions agency in Honduras, and at the crusade I had the honor of praying over a young girl whose left hand was deformed. As I prayed, in Jesus Name, her hand straightened out in my hand. I could not do anything but praise God! He did the work and I was just one of the witnesses.
Back to Acts 1:8, the word for ‘Witnesses’ is the Greek word meaning martyr…you will be My martyrs…living sacrifices…but also be willing to be literally martyred.
As a devoted follower of Jesus, are you willing to die for Him? Thats a radical thought many Christians do not consider, but in some of the countries that are communist or closed to the gospel message, people must consider that question before giving their heart to Jesus. They face hardship, excommunication from their family and persecution and possibly death once they become a Christian. But yet they do, because it is not about them; it is all about Him.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Take a few moments after reading this and consider these thoughts, and most importantly, talk to Him as you do.
We love you, God bless you.