The Holy Spirit is a person. Since He is a person, He has a personality, and He has desires. Sometimes I don’t quite understand how He is a person, and yet He manifests in a tangible presence that fills whole rooms at times. Sometime He shows up as a cloud, or as heat, or as a wind. It’s really fascinating. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 KJV Relating to Holy Spirit has to be our most important thing that we do as believers. We have virtually no Christianity without the Holy Spirit, and yet, we sometimes try it without Him.
Our programs are not going to save the world. The Holy Spirit is a way better Evangelist than we are. I trust that He always knows the person I’m talking to better than I know them. He can give me a word that cuts right through their defenses and hits their heart right where it needs to be hit.
I was at a party recently, and there were some lovely people there who don’t know Jesus. I love being able to be there and share with them. I was talking to a girl I’ll call Susan (not her name). I asked Susan what she does and she told me about how she just had a baby and how work was treating her poorly and it’s been very difficult to get a break. She then asked me what I do, so I started talking about Jesus. I shared my testimony with her, and then I asked to pray for her. As I grabbed her hand, the Holy Spirit motivated my thoughts, and I began to speak under unction. (A fancy word for being influenced by the Holy Spirit) I cant remember everything I said, but I do remember saying “…and that depression you feel is not from God.” She then gave me a funny look. Well the conversation took another turn, and then we left the party a little later. I was told later by the friend who invited me what Susan said. “Yo, your friend Lee prayed for me, and I was like, how do you know this stuff about my personal life!?”
God spoke right to her heart, and bypassed her defenses. I never pointed out her sin, I never pointed out how much she needed to repent. (which if you know me, you know I firmly believe in repentance.) the thing we miss when we tell people “you need to repent” is love, and sowing seeds. It’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. (See Romans 2:4) and Holy Spirit is my seed supplier, all I do is scatter the seed.
Empowered to be a witness
“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 NKJV
I love the book of Acts. It accurately demonstrates what the Christian life looks like. Encounters with God, and miraculous demonstrations of power which save whole regions and communities. Notice how Jesus said we would first receive power, and THEN we would BE His witness. Not DO witnessing, but BE His witness.
“And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20 KJV
In order to be a witness, we have to have witnessed something. We need to encounter God! Only taking the gospel “on faith” isn’t enough. (Let the heresy bells ring) What I’m not saying is this; I am not saying that you need an encounter to be saved. Can that happen? Yes. Should that happen? I do believe so. Romans is clear that we are justified by faith in Christ and faith alone. Here’s what I am saying, I am saying that we need an encounter with God in order to have something to say to the world!
So many other religions in the world have spiritual power. That may make you uncomfortable, but it’s true. Why? They worship demons! Demons are spirits who have a measure of power. “What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:19-20 NKJV
Demons are real, but they are unclean spirits. We have THE Holy Spirit. He is God. Demons are not gods. They pose as gods. Our God is the one true God, and if our walk with God is without empowerment, then is it any wonder why the world doesn’t listen to us? The devil is so afraid of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Dislodging the enemy’s work with power is how we will win this world back for Christ. Signs, wonders, miracles, healings and deliverance will transform people and regions.
Thanks for reading! Jesus bless you and empower you to be His witness.