You Will Be Witnesses

We have heard many times the scripture that Jesus said to His disciples right before He ascended up into heaven: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..." (Acts 1:8). We often think of this scripture in terms of being anointed with the ability to tell people about Jesus and how to be saved. While it is true that the Holy Ghost anoints us with power to tell people about Jesus and salvation, it also gives us power to lay down our lives for Jesus: " shall be witnesses…"

There is another dimension to this scripture, which is the ability to fight spiritual warfare. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to fight a good fight. It is through the Holy Ghost that we are able to put on the armor of God. What we often don't realize is when we do fight successfully in spiritual warfare, we are being a witness. We often miss many opportunities to be witnesses because we're not willing to fight the spiritual warfare required of being a witness.

Enduring in situations through the power of the Holy Ghost is a powerful witness. Jesus said that he who endures to the end, the same will be saved (Matthew 10:22b). Endurance is a part of warfare (II Timothy 2:3). Many times the enemy is able to steal opportunities to be a witness because we don't recognize that witnessing involves spiritual warfare and that it also includes endurance. Consider the apostle Paul - after seeing a vision to come into Macedonia and witness, he and Silas end up whipped and in prison, but Paul and Silas don't complain - instead they pray and worship and become greater witnesses.

Let's start asking the Lord to open our eyes to the spiritual warfare that is involved in witnessing and to understand that witnessing is more than talking about Jesus - it is also about how we live in each situation.


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