Power Of Testimony
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
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.” Acts 1:8
These were Jesus’ last recorded words to the disciples who received the sevenfold Holy Spirit to bear testimony of the risen Saviour to the known world. We too are called to do the same. However, the magnitude of forces arrayed against us like the power of Satan, the pull of the flesh and the subtle attractiveness of the world system hinders us from being a powerful testimony for Christ. How do we overcome this?
The power of testimony is released only through faith in the Gospel of the water and Spirit that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. 1 John 5:6-8 explicitly declares that the three witnesses namely the Spirit, water and blood which relates to Jesus’ righteous act on earth defines the very essence of our faith. A heart that believes in this divine attestation by the Holy Spirit makes one to be a powerful testimony for the advancement of the Gospel. However, if one denies this attestation, he/she is deemed by God to be an unbeliever and lacks the power of His testimony.
Satan’s strategy has always been to blind men’s minds to the truth of the Gospel of the water and Spirit that provides sinners absolute forgiveness and release from sin. Even if one is delivered from this predicament, Satan still continues to keep the believer from experiencing the miraculous provisions of God in Christ. This impedes a true believer from being a powerful testimony to the salvation found in Christ.
The real miracle on the day of Pentecost was that after weeks of discouragement and cowardice, the believers were then filled with an overwhelming boldness to testify about the mighty works of Christ. This boldness and courage confirms that they have received the Holy Spirit to become powerful testimonies for Jesus.
Evidences of having received the sevenfold Holy Spirit:
1. Knowing Him and the power of His resurrection.
One needs to grow in the knowledge of the Word to become an effective and powerful testimony to the unbelieving world. An unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit enables us to experience the power of His resurrection for effective ministry.
2. The fellowship of His suffering
Always caring about in our body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. We who live to testify about Jesus are always delivered to hardship for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. While suffering is working in us for Jesus’ sake, our power of testimony may bring life to others. 2 Cor 4:10-12; Rom 8:28
3. Being conformed to His death
Our purpose in life is to show that Christ is preeminent – first and foremost in everything. The Christian life should reflect that priority. Believers who unite with Christ in His baptism are dead with Him on the cross. Only then through His resurrection we can be raised to a newness of life. Now, we can be rooted in Him, made alive in Him, hidden in Him and be complete in Him. To be a powerful testimony forJesus we need to be clothed in His love, having His peace rule in our hearts and equipped to make Christ first in every area of our life.
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