"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from
the Father, He shall testify of me; and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."
Jesus told us here what the Holy Spirit was going to do upon arrival. He said that the Holy Spirit would testify of Him.
In Acts chapter 2, when Peter stood up on the day of Pentecost, and socked it to the crowd, the Holy Spirit came down and
bore witness to that fact, and men were converted by hundreds and by thousands. So then we cannot preach effectively by ourselves.
We must have the Spirit of God to give us the power, and study God’s Word in order to testify according to the mind
of the Spirit.
Acts 1:8 says, “and Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses into
me both in Jerusalem, (to the Jews) and in Samaria (Go witness to your neighbors, Jews. Remember the Good Samaritan story
and “who is my neighbor?) And unto the uttermost parts of the world.” World vision, world mission, the uttermost
parts, and don’t come back.
Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the Gospel , heal the sick, cast out devils, freely ye have received, freely
We are to freely give away what we have received. Who is my neighbor? That person you don’t get along with, or those
people you don’t want to go talk to about the Lord. Maybe it’s even your wife or husband or mother in law. You
want to know who your neighbor is? It’s that person or people you are trying to avoid. Some people even love their pets
more than other people. That’s inordinate affection. An unloving spirit.
To be the witness God wants us to be we need the Holy Spirit.
Even angels help us to preach the Gospel sometimes or can even do it for us, and will some day.
26 ¶And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from
Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians,
who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
ACTS 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
ACTS 10: 3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, what is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are
come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
Revelation 14:6 ¶And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that
dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.
We can’t win anybody. It will just be a work of the flesh if we get all hyped up and think it is us that has to do it.
We will just fall flat on our faces and end up in frustration and failure. It’s like trying to keep the Law of Moses.
You can’t legislate righteousness.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
The lost souls are drawn to Jesus by the Father, not us. We are merely there to point the way to Jesus. Don’t give credit
where credit is not due. Proverbs 25:14 ¶Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
If you judge your witnessing by how many souls or how seemingly successful you are, you may end up with the same sin David
had when he numbered Israel.
1 Chronicles 21:1 ¶And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
That was a test to see if David trusted God to know how many were really His. Only God knows who really belongs to Him. We
don’t know that. We don’t know the dealings of God with man’ s heart. That is why we have to pray and seek
the Lord and ask Him to lead us to the people or person that is ready. The person that the Father is drawing to Jesus. Haphazard
witnessing that is not led of the Spirit is unfruitful and can be dangerous too.
Do you want to just get stats and get on the shiner’s list here on earth, or get real souls, real sheep you can feed
and help grow in the Lord and in the Word, going slower, more prayerfully, in the Lord’s power not your own strength.
Then you will be able to do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit saith
Jesus said “no man cometh unto the Father but by Me, and No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him, and receiving the power of the Holy Spirit to do it through you. We need all three.