The Power to Witness Without Regard to Worldly Consequences

Disciples of Christ have received the power of the Holy Spirit to testify by witnessing the truth of Christ to the ends of the earth [i] without fear. Scripture tells us we have received the power that God[ii] invested in us by opening our understanding[iii] to stand and testify for Christ. This is not our power to use personally. This power is from the most high to use during our mission to take the Gospel of Christ to the world.[iv] God did not give us a Spirit of fear.[v] Therefore, we can be courageous and testify without regard of the consequences because we have God’s shield and buckler[vi] of faith. We know through history standing for the truth of the Gospel can cause great sacrifices in order to further the world’s confidence in Jesus the Christ.

When we step up to the plate as Christ’s disciple, we therefore are promised to be led by the Spirit of God[vii] and protected by the whole armor of God,[viii] and know we are directed by the Spirit of Truth through our active participation. The key is His power enables us to commit to representing Christ in the market place of “and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.[ix] His promise is for the power of the Holy Spirit to be within us, to guide, comfort, and tell us what is to come,[x] while interceding for us[xi], as we invest our time, talents, deeds, and resources for the glory of God.  Then to those “…who overcome Christ will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”[xii]

The Holy Spirit enhances our spiritual gifts and empowers[xiii] us by uniting[xiv] with our spirit[xv] to enable us to be God’s power to spread His truth to the ends of the earth.

God has bestowed upon us a great honor and privilege to be on the frontlines in the fight against evil.[xvi] We can rely on the Power of God’s spoken word because it “…is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword”[xvii] and “…shall not return to God void.”[xviii] This is the full faith that once we speak His words of truth, the Holy Spirit takes and makes His words effective in “opening their eyes in order to turn them from the power of Satan to God.”[xix] All the while knowing, God’s Spirit does not impart fear or cowardice, but power in Godly action and then “we shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” [xx]

[i] Acts 1:8 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you

[ii] Luke 24:49 - Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you;

[iii] Luke 24:45 - And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

[iv] Luke 24:47 - and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations

[v] 2 Timothy 1:7-11- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of Godly action and of a sound mind. 

[vi] Psalms 91- His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

[vii] Romans 8:14-17 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

[viii]  Ephesians 6:10-18 - Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[ix] 2 Corinthians 5:18 - Now all things are of God, who …has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

[x] John 16:13 – “…He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; …and He will tell you things to come.”

[xi] Romans 8:27- And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

[xii] Revelation 2:7 - He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

[xiii] Romans 8:26 - Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.

[xiv] Galatians 6:18 - Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

[xv] Romans 8:16 - The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit

[xvi] Ephesians 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

[xvii] Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

[xviii] Isaiah 55:11 - So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void…”

[xix] Acts 26:18 - to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

[xx] Matthew 19:29 - And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.