Day 16 Devo - The Power to Witness

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

When the apostles received the indwelling Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the immediate result was great boldness to testify of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. Without this power that the Spirit gives for witnessing, we cannot be truly effective. We may greatly desire to be faithful witnesses for the Lord, but when the opportunity comes to share the message of His love, we often lose our nerve. The fear of rejection or ridicule is quite enough to shut us up if we are not secure in the Spirit's power.

The apostles also faced similar problems with their fears. Before the coming of the Spirit many of them fearfully hid their faith to avoid persecution. But in the power of the Spirit, these same men became bold and effective witnesses. They stood before the powerful council of the Sanhedrin, which had condemned Jesus Christ and sent Him to die, and boldly proclaimed that He was the Messiah, and that God had raised Him from the dead.

Read Acts, Chapters 3 & 4. (This is longer than most of our daily readings, but you'll find it won't take that long!)

Point to Ponder:

The trials and persecutions that the early believers endured were much harder than what most of us have to face. Many Christians today worry about a little ridicule or rejection as if it was their execution. Where is the boldness that filled the apostles as they faced high priests, governors, and kings? That same boldness is available to us today by the indwelling Holy Spirit. If the apostles received the power to stand before great persecutions with boldness and joy, surely the Spirit will give us abundant power to be faithful witnesses for Jesus today!