Let's end our week strong. Let's don't just go through the motions. Get all you can from the worship and devotion this morning!
Acts 1:4-5; 8 NLT
4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with[b] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NLT
4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
The Bible say that when the Holy Spirit comes and baptizes you, you will receive power. This word power comes from the Greek word, ‘dunamis’. We get our word dynamite, from the word dunamis. It means a force, it means a miraculous power. It means the explosive power of God.
The Holy Spirit came upon very ordinary people and gave them the power to take His message all over the world. That same powerful Spirit is available today to all who believe!
Jesus looked at these very ordinary men and said, “You will have power to take this message all over the world." Now we have churches all over the world declaring the gospel of Christ. Why? The Holy Spirit gives the power to share Christ boldly. The Holy Spirit gives me power to share Christ and he will give you that same power if you will trust him. I challenge you this week, have
conversations, and when you feel this person needs God, you’ve got an opening! Walk through it, you might hesitate, you might be a little nervous, but follow the prompting of the Spirit. You may think, “But I don’t know what to say.” You just do it and you watch what happens.
In your quiet time today confess those areas in your life where you are struggling. Begin to write those things down and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to overcome these weaknesses. Talk to God about any concerns you have and any trials you may be enduring. Allow the Holy Spirit to instill within you a spirit of hope.
Identify someone that the Holy Spirit has been placing on your heart to boldly share Christ with. This week, do it. Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to strengthen you, calm you, and give you the right words to say as you share Christ with this person.