The Secret of Power

A Chritian with power

Jesus, before His ascension, met his apostles.  Being asked when he would set up his kingdom, he gave the apostles the secret of power, which is a vital tool that will help them witness him to the world. 

In Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” 

In the verse above Christ gave the secret of power which is the Holy Ghost. He said they will receive it “after” they had received the Holy Ghost. 

Power is the strength and ability to do something. Though inclusive is not limited to performing signs and wonders. Signs are also very important because they will persuade the people that God is true with the person witnessing (Mark 16:20). 

Power also is the special grace given to someone by God to be excellent in what he does.

In the verse above the power was not given majorly by God through the Holy Ghost to perform signs and wonders but was given to “... be witnesses unto me [Jesus] ...”. The power is to be a witness and signs and wonders are to confirm the word that it's truly from God when witnessing (Mark 16:20). 

A witness is someone who has seen something happening and thus bearing testimony about it by telling it to others. The apostles had a first-hand experience of the works of Christ during his earthly ministry, but Christ is still revealing himself to people even up to today. 

The people who have witness Christ in their lives are to witness what they have seen and known of Christ to others (Matthew 10:27). They are not expected to keep it secret because others depend on it to be fully convinced that Christ truly came to the world to die for their sins and accept His saving grace. 

Witnessing can take various forms: house-to-house evangelism, street evangelism, gathering people in a spot and proclaiming the name of the Lord to them, hospital evangelism, market evangelism, school outreach, etc.

In a time of advanced technology like this, witnessing has been made easier through the internet and mobile phones so no one is with an excuse for not witnessing what they have seen and known of Christ to others. 

The power of God is given at the point of receiving the Holy Ghost but needs to be activated and kept alive. This is done through prayer, fasting, and the study of God's word.

Jesus in Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men...” but the light cannot shine unless it is put on. A candle cannot lighten up unless the match is struck. Prayer and the word is the "match" of the Holy Ghost.

God wants us to be endued with his power to witness his Son and his word effectively, but while waiting for it, we should keep ourselves active and busy witnessing Christ in the best way we can. When God sees your sincere desire and zeal, he will endue you with the power and grace to do it better. 

So therefore brethren, tarry till you are endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
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