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Real Witness

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.” (Micah 3:8-10)

Your real Christian witness flows from somewhere deeper than your voice. The Prophet Micah attributed the power of his ministry to the Spirit of the Lord. Our power comes from the same source! Out of the belly of a man; filled with the Holy Spirit, rises a testimony of truth and power (Jn. 7:37-39).

You are more than your story – You are His-story!

We cannot stand on our own righteousness… it is Christ in us that speaks of better things than what people see or hear. Indeed, were we to find ourselves reliant upon our strength, our wisdom or our charm, we would find no hope against the onslaught of this world’s trouble. But we are not at all in the clutches of impending doom… for we are not our own. We live as Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). We have been purchased by a blood as pure and holy as the whitest snow (Eph 1:7). We have been offered freedom’s highest position (Eph. 2:6). And we have a voice within ourselves that comes streaming forth like a rushing waterfall (Phil. 4:13). Christ has become our strength, our wisdom and our witness, because He is our peace… our focus and our joy. He is our Righteousness!

The Mystery: Its “Christ in you, the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27)

Jesus told His followers they would receive power to witness about Him when the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts. 1:8). You can’t witness effectively by relying on your own strength, because fear will keep you from speaking out for God. You can’t witness effectively by choosing the best sermons or knowing the right words to say. You are not smart enough to outwit the devil. You cannot witness effectively by creating the best atmosphere or offering the most attractive invitation. Only by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit can you live and witness for Him! But with that power comes the promise that signs and wonders will follow those who believe (Mk. 16:17).

“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:6-8)

This is the witness we have in Christ: “That if God be for us, who can stand against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

Seeing and Hearing

The Mysteries of the Kingdom

Reading the Bible is a challenge in our busy lifestyles. There’s no guarantee that we will understand what we have been reading, because Truth is revealed by the Holy Spirit. But as disciples, we are invited into a search for revelation! Hearing and seeing are active in nature… they require something beyond our casual observation. I would encourage every student of the Word of God to become a student of the heart of God! Wait in the moments that follow your reading and hear what the Holy Spirit will whisper into your spiritual ears. Good revelation fills the understanding and allows the Kingdom of God to find a place to rule in our mind and renew our thinking. The “heart” is the seedbed for spiritual understanding, so until Truth gets embedded to that level, it will never produce the fruit we are after… wait for it!

(Mt 13:1-18)

“On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaAnd great multitudes were gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

“ And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do you speak to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; or assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Asking – “Why?” …just feels better sometimes, because it requires no responsibility! But the Blessing of God emerges in our spiritual seeing and hearing!

Then Jesus makes this statement: (Verse 18) “Therefore, hear the parable of the sower!”

The Least of These

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Mt. 25:37-40)

This was one of the last things that Jesus taught His disciples. Jesus identifies Himself with the least of these… He says I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was a stranger, I was naked, I was sick, I was in prison. We see it throughout the life of Jesus; He always had time for the least of these. He stopped a meeting to spend time with a broken woman who wanted to anoint His feet. He stopped along His journey to visit with a simple, outcast Samaritan woman. He even ignored the law regarding the Sabbath to heal a man who was born blind.

Revealing the Father’s Heartbeat:

In fact, the miracles of Jesus were designed to manifest the Father’s glory and love (Acts 10:38). He didn’t plan outreach events with the disciples in the same way we watch crusades promoted in our day. He just did what He saw the Father doing (Jn. 5:19), and that was reaching hurting people… loving the least, the lonely and the outcast. Jesus simply could not look upon the multitudes without compassion for them (Mt. 9:36 & 14:14). He identified with our pain and suffering, so that they could identify with His purpose (1 Jn. 3:8). His heart was so full of the love of the Father that He was driven to touch the leper and cast out the unclean spirit.

We must live the same way!

We should be so full of God’s love that rivers of living water flow from our hearts and change lives and atmospheres everywhere we go. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “freely you’ve received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8). His command to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons and raise the dead… it was all for love. Freely we receive His love and freely we must pour it out! All of those actions are targeted on “the least of these”. The sick, the dying, the oppressed and the helpless are within our reach and they must be perceived as an invitation, not a frustration!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mt. 5:16)

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