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By: Angela Parsley

Acts 1:8, “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." (NIV)

Acts 1:8 contains the last command that Jesus gave all of the people around Him right before He left the earth. He told them they had work to do, but this work was not something they were required to do in their own strength. Jesus knew that they would need a helper to complete the task at hand.

During this time, Jesus also told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until the Helper, the Holy Spirit, came. Jesus wants the same for those of us who are His disciples today. He wants us to know Him, to be filled with His Holy Spirit, and then out of that power that He gives, to do great things for Him. Nothing is impossible for us in His strength.

I don’t know about you, but I am thinking some of that God-strength sounds good! Think about when you are sitting in your classroom or around other students. You can see there are so many who truly need Jesus in their lives. But you think to yourself, who am I to talk to them? You need to realize you are a child of God and with His power living in you, there is nothing you cannot do!

I challenge you to ask God where He would have you be His witness. Each place you set your foot is a place where you have potential influence. If you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in you, great changes can take place in all those that God places around you.

Related Resources:

A Young Woman’s Walk with God, by Elizabeth George

Making it Real: Whose Faith is it Anyway?, by T. Suzanne Eller

My Prayer For Today:

Father, thank You for giving us the gift of eternal life and the Holy Spirit. It amazes me that You live in me. Because YOU live in me, I am thankful that I have the strength to do anything You call me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Think About It:

Do you realize that there are many people around us who claim to be Christians but do not live like it? Why do you think that is?

Isn’t it wonderful that God only gives us tasks that He equips us to do?

Live It:

Pray for those you see who are not living an authentic Christian life. Ask God to show you who He wants you to talk to about Him.

Get a group of fellow believers together, form a prayer group, and pray for these people who need Jesus. You will see God do amazing things!

Power Verses:

John 14:26, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”(NIV)

Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Ephesians 1:13b-14, “…Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.”(NIV)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the section "think about it" and it says why do you think people say they are Christian but seem to not be happy about it? I thinks its because mabey they dont think its very cool, or they think they will get made fun of because of that, and they might htinkd its just too much work! There is people that i know that dont like getting up that early in the morning!

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