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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

You will be My witnesses

by Erik Momsen

In the past few weeks we have focused on God's love for us and now the question remains as to what our response will be.  Even though we know God's love cannot be earned or altered, we have a desire in us to respond.  We want to and should want to GIVE BACK.  This desire is echoed in Jesus' words;
"And as you go, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. You have received freely, freely give." (Matthew 10:7,8)

JESUS SET THE AGENDA FOR WITNESS

Jesus knew that there would be a 'beam me up Scotty' - 'get me out of here' reaction to the heaven in our hearts and hell in the world situation.  He told the first disciples not to sit back and wait for the END but know Him and make Him know.

"And He said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
(Acts 1:7,8)

 - Don't focus on the end - it could take very long.
 - You will know the power of my Spirit.
 - You will show and tell about me.

It is so important to realize that they knew Him and made Him known.

THEY WERE HIS WITNESS

Acts tells us what they did - "The pharisees said to them, 'Did we not strictly command you that you not teach in this name? And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man's blood on us.' " 5:28

"God raised up this Jesus, of which we all are witnesses." 2:32

"And you killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses." 3:15

"And the apostles gave witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power. And great grace was on them all." 4:33

"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed and hanged on a tree.  This One God has exalted to be a Ruler and Savior to His right hand in order to give repentance and remission of sins to Israel.  And we are His witnesses of these things.  And so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." 5:30

BUT TODAY WE MIGHT BE "CREMORA CHRISTIANS"

There was a T.V. advert that has the refrain "It's not inside, it is on top".
The truth, love and power of God might not be inside but only on top.  Our faith might just be something poured over us and might not have penetrated our lives.
If it really is in us, it will overflow.

TO KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN

1)  BE BEFORE YOU DO - it is about who you are in Christ - its about His Spirit in you Faith, hope & love - people shouldn't have to ask.
"So that if any do not obey the word, they may also be won without the word by the conduct of the wives, having witnessed your chaste behavior in the fear of God." (1 Peter 3:1,2)

2)  YOU CAN ONLY WITNESS WHAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED
You don't have to be a Bible expert to tell people about Jesus.  The pharisees where and they didn't know the truth.  Jesus just wants you to believe & act an the little you know. - that's FAITH.

3)  ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Kindness, mercy, acceptance etc. is what shows people there is hope.

4)  PRAYER OPENS THE EYES OF BLIND HEARTS
Most of the battle is spiritual and God is way ahead of us.

5)  THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT TO BREAK BONDAGES
The church exploded across the earth because of the work of the Spirit.  Follow Him and see people "born from above". (John 3:6-8)

Date Added: 2009-08-17

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