Becoming a disciple: Understanding the Holy Spirit

Scripture – Acts 1:8

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.

Observation

The Holy Spirit has great power. His focus is to point the attention back to Jesus. His power is specific to enabling us to be witnesses of Jesus to those we know and those we are yet to meet. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot effectively reach people for Jesus.

The Bible talks about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and also the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

By nature, we are:

  • Unloving and hard-hearted – but the Holy Spirit’s power produces LOVE
  • Fretful and sad – but the Holy Spirit’s power produces JOY
  • Anxious and untrusting – but the Holy Spirit’s power produces PEACE
  • Impatient and self-relient – but the Holy Spirit’s power produces PATIENCE
  • Self-seeking and selfish – but the Holy Spirit’s power produces KINDNESS
Fruit takes time to grow but when the fruit of the Spirit is evident in our lives, it opens up doors of conversation and opportunity to share our story with others: Conversations and opportunities we’d never get without the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
The Bible also talked about gifts of the Holy Spirit that are designed to enable us to be better witnesses of what Jesus has done in our lives. These gifts often open the door for us to share or help someone have an open heart to hear.
Prophecy,  and words of knowledge and wisdom – if we can encourage someone with something that no-one could possibly know, their only choice is to believe God revealed it to us, which often will open them up to hearing what we have to say about Jesus.
Healing and other miracles – if we can encourage someone by believing in faith and praying for a miracle they need, usually they will in turn want to listen to us talk about who this Jesus is.
Application
Just as the Apostles received the Holy Spirit, we also receive him. There is one main purpose of receiving the power of the Holy Spirit: TO BE WITNESSES.
I want to grasp a more tangible understanding of the gifts of the Spirit as an arsenal or a toolbox that I can ask God to give me to enable me to be a witness in different circumstances. I believe all these gifts are available and that when our focus is right, all we have to do is ask.
Prayer
Father, you are a good dad who gives good gifts. I know we are on mission – to be your witnesses in our families, in our workplaces, in our own towns and far afield. Deepen my understanding. Open my eyes. Unlock doors for me to be a witness. It’s all beacause of you and it’s all for you. I love you dad. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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