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 (NIV)
Don’t think that you have power within yourself to be my witness in the world. Don’t think that all your gifts, talents and abilities will be able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Be sure in your heart and mind that apart from me you can do nothing. Rely on me fully. Depend on me completely. Don’t rush off to go and do what you think I want you to do without my help and power. Don’t take one step without me. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I understand what you are saying to me. I have no doubt about the truth of all that you are saying to me. Why is that? I have an abundance of failed experiences trying to know and do your will based on my power and strength. There is no doubt that you have given me gifts and talents and abilities to serve you. Of that, I am sure. I am just as sure that all my gifts and talents and abilities will accomplish nothing if I rely solely on them to try to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Why is that? You want me to rely on you. You want me to depend on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want to be able to hear and answer my prayers. The work that I do for you should point others to you. You are the one who should receive all the glory and honor and praise. You want me to be a light in the world for you. You want me to be a witness that draws others to you. The spotlight is not meant to shine on me. The power to bear fruit for your kingdom does not come from me. This is all true.
So what will you do to come to rely on me? I will pray. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will wait for your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will ask that the power of your Holy Spirit will fill me so that I can go and do your will. I will rely on your Holy Spirit to make me a bold and courageous witness for you in the world. I will let your Holy Spirit’s power work in and through me. I will not rely on myself. I will remain in you. I will wait. When you say go, I will go. That will be very good. The power of my Holy Spirit will work in and through you.
Holy Spirit, there have been many times when I have rushed off to minister to others without waiting for your anointing. Help me to wait on you. Holy Spirit, fill me afresh so that I will able to be a powerful and fruitful witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. Amen
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