“The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. For you will be His witnesses to all men of what you have seen and heard.”
Last week’s eWord was based on the first part of this scripture and was called “Chosen”. This week the Lord reminds us that we were chosen with a purpose and a calling – to be His witnesses.
Hundreds of years ago, the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah in Old Testament times, saying: “You are My witnesses, and My servants whom I have chosen.” Today He says the same to you and me who have been called by His name. “You are My witnesses”!
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a witness is someone who is able to give evidence about an event, person or situation because of their personal experience of them. Friend, you and I have experienced the reality of Jesus and we are therefore equipped with evidence to present Him to an unbelieving world. Whatever we have seen and heard is ours to give away. Wherever we may be in our walk with God, (even someone who has just come to know Him) we qualify as God’s witnesses. This makes us all potential witnesses who can testify that He is who He says He is, but the reality is that most people find it difficult to declare their faith for a variety of reasons. Whatever the challenges we might face in sharing the love of God with those who do not know, Jesus showed us the answer.
Just before Jesus ascended into Heaven after His resurrection, He commissioned His disciples, and He said to them: “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 ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). We know that the disciples became fiery witnesses when the Holy Spirit came upon them. They were unstoppable, shaking cities with the power of God, and taking the Gospel (with signs, wonders and miracles) to the furthest parts of the earth. God has called us to be His unstoppable, unquenchable witnesses, but this is only possible if we yield to the Holy Spirit and we allow Him to fill us, to teach us and guide us. Abba wants us to be filled with His power, but is this only for the purpose of witnessing? No! We cannot be real witnesses if we were dragging our lives along in defeat; God wants us to be filled with His power for life itself. He wants our words to be aligned with the evidence of our lives!
Dear friend, we were meant to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit into every part of our lives. As He comes in and takes up residence in us, He infuses us with light and love. He fills us up with power! Ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you afresh today. He wants you to be so blessed that your life will be a witness, with God’s peace and provision upon you speaking into the lives of those who have not heard. You have been chosen to be a witness and to carry this sacred light to a world in darkness. God has revealed Himself to you that you may bring His voice and His heart to a desperate generation. He says to you: “You will be My witnesses to all men of what you have seen and heard.” He has appointed you and anointed you. He has chosen you to bear fruit that will last (John 15:16), and the best part of this is that you and I need not strive to make things happen. The Holy Spirit opens the way, and does all the work!
Perhaps you are a person who experienced the reality of the Holy Spirit in the past. Maybe you once walked the Spirit filled life but you have not felt much power lately. Abba is calling you back to that place, many years ago, where you first experienced His presence and said “fill me Holy Spirit”. He has so much more for you and this is your day to step up into your season of power, of witness, of “more” as you open yourself to Him afresh. “Precious Holy Spirit, I need You. Please fall afresh on me today. I need your love and power in my life once more. Fill and take over every part of me. Make me a bold and unstoppable witness and take me into the fullness of everything Abba has for me. Use me for the glory of the name of Jesus, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen”.
Minoli Haththotuwa, 10 March 2014