Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 19, 2014
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. John 15:26-27, NKJV
Some days I forget to bear witness to God’s gifts in my life. I get so busy doing life that I fail to tell someone about the One who gives me life—Jesus Christ. Yet, what a privilege to humbly testify the Truth. Once I was in bondage to my own selfish ways, but now I have been set free by the unselfish sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I can tell the old, old story to new souls who have yet to hear and understand God’s good news of grace and forgiveness. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit within my heart helps me bear witness of Jesus. I testify, so another might be justified.
In the middle of a society hostile to Him as their savior, Jesus instructs His disciples to depend on the Holy Spirit’s work in and through their lives. At Pentecost a proud and impetuous Peter was humbled and inspired by the Spirit to courageously preach the cross and resurrection of Christ. A more timid John and Peter were empowered to pronounce the healing powers of Jesus to the lost and the lame. An unlikely cast of characters were transformed into God’s bold witness bearers.
“You, with the help of wicked men, put him [Jesus] to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead” (Acts 2:23-24).
When the world calls us to the witness stand for God, what do we say? More importantly, how do we say what we say? People take notice when our gratitude to the Lord for His inexhaustible love and forgiveness mark our mannerisms. As an imperfect parents we testify of God’s work of grace in raising our children. We talk of our financial challenges and the timely provision of our heavenly Father. We describe a posture of patience influenced by the Spirit as we wait on Him to open a door of opportunity. In our successes and failures, we point to the faithfulness of Jesus.
Perhaps a good next step is to write out what God has done for you. Testify in writing the story the Lord is writing on your heart. What a gift for those who love you to feel and understand your love for God in words you penned. Moreover, make it a habit to explain to others why you want to help them with their needs. The Holy Spirit is your Helper who empowers you to care for a sick loved one, to endure unfair criticism and to give generous gifts of time and money. Your Spirit filled and Spirit led life is compelling evidence of God’s grace. So, tell His love story.
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to boldly bear witness of Your faithfulness in my life.
Related Readings: Psalm 107:2; John 1:34, 9:25; Acts 10:1-8; 1 Timothy 6:13; 1 Peter 5:12
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Additional Resource: Johnny Hunt’s story: 10 minute video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW9KbGwG2JE
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