HOW DO WE "GO"?
If you have been following the progression of these blogs from June 23rd, you probably have noticed that they are building on each other and are inseparable. But there is another element that is absolutely necessary in addition to what we have learned. Right after Jesus had instructed the disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and just before He ascended into heaven, He “ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father…you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).
We know that the Holy Spirit has come and dwells within us, but do we consciously know that His power is working in us before we “GO”? This is what made the difference between weak disciples who even forgot what Jesus had said about His death, burial and resurrection, and those who preached the gospel with confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew how critical the Pentecost event would be in their lives; “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (1:8). They were willing to wait in prayer. The ability to “be His witnesses” hinges on receiving, living and working in this power!
Has God called you and sent you to “GO” in any aspect of ministry that shares the gospel? Have you waited in prayer until you are sure that you are going in the power of the Spirit? I will go into more detail on this subject as we cover Lessons 33, 48, and 50. But for now, we must be certain that we are leaning on no other means of doing the Lord’s work than on the Holy Spirit.
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