How to Experience the Control of the Holy Spirit
The early Christians spoke freely, even recklessly about Jesus, without worrying about what might happen to them. Their boldness came from the Holy Spirit who controlled them. Peter’s Holy Spirit-empowered bold preaching in Acts 2–3 brought thousands into the Kingdom of God.
The Spirit’s power still makes a difference. The Timothy Initiative teaches new believers to boldly share their faith with others in the power of the Spirit. From the beginning of 2020 through September 2021, God used this organization and those they’ve won to Christ to plant 16,787 new churches in India and Nepal.
Does fear prevent you from bearing spiritual fruit? God’s power is fear’s antidote. The Holy Spirit gives you boldness and power to walk through the restraining walls of fear.
The Holy Spirit’s control produces self-control (Galatians 5:23). Those with self-control don’t surrender to fear’s dominion. It’s ironic. Those who control their own lives usually lack self-control, whereas those the Holy Spirit controls possess it.
Witnessing isn’t just for outgoing or aggressive personalities. It’s a mark of the Holy Spirit’s control. Expect opposition, however, when you mention Jesus’ name.
The first century religious leaders opposed the preaching of Peter and John and imprisoned them. The same people who sentenced Peter and John’s Master to death asked Peter and John to defend their actions. These leaders decided Peter and John could speak and teach and be as religious as they like as long as they didn’t mention Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18).
The Holy Spirit brings glory to Jesus and testifies of Him (John 15:26, 16:14). In contrast, the enemy tolerates no mention of Jesus’ name in a positive light.
Opposition to bringing glory to Jesus and testifying of Him often comes from inside the church. It comes from those who are fighting for personal power, position, and glory. It happens when churches are so deeply entrenched in internal fights that the real battle is forgotten (Ephesians 6:10–12). It’s often a tussle over who’s in charge.
The good news is you don’t need a formal education to bear bold witness to Christ. Peter and John were unschooled, ordinary men. Their only qualification was having been with Jesus. They weren’t superhuman. When threatened, the early Christians prayed for boldness and received it with a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31).
To be filled with the Holy Spirit you must be willing to do God’s will. You must vacate the driver’s seat of your life. You must ask the Holy Spirit to take it. Then you must step out in faith. Step out even though you don’t feel an emotional buzz or whatever you think it should feel like to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Expect the Holy Spirit to empower you. He will. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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