Empowered To Witness Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The background for our scripture text is after Christ's resurrection before His ascension into heaven; He gave His disciples instructions regarding the coming Holy Spirit. They were to remain in "Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father"(v. 4), and that shortly thereafter they would receive the Holy Ghost. Our lesson text describes what was to happen in the promised coming of the Holy Ghost; they would receive power, this was a special power to do the works of the Lord. This power gives the ability and authority to cast out devils, heal the sick and perform many others miraculous wonders. Also, receiving Holy Ghost power causes the believer to boldly witness Christ (4:29) with great power (4:33) the world over. After receiving the Holy Ghost, Christ followers were to begin their aggressive witnessing in Jerusalem, to Judea, Samaria and the world over. With the newly received power Christian witness is powerful and effective as many will come to Christ as they did on the day of Pentecost and continues today when Holy Ghost filled witnessing is done. Spirit-filled believers have the power to do great things while carrying the message of Christ, hope and forgiveness of sins to the lost so they may be saved. There is power in witnessing Christ! Comments are welcome Author's contact firstname.lastname@example.org http://willie-writing.blogspot.com Today's discussion is taken from my monthly devotional "Heavenly Bread" which is available from the author and Amazon.