As we began to pray for a someone to receive her healing, a vision came. I saw a straight road leading down the mountain, but it was full of orange road blocks, the kind used in construction. As far as you could see in this vision, one after another, the road blocks stood blocking the way, making the road unusable. As we continued praying, the river of the Holy Spirit erupted at the top of the mountain. It ran down the road, violently washing away every road block, destroying everything in its path, clearing every obstruction, taking away every hindrance. The River washed the road clean.
In Acts 1:8 we read: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The book of Acts is called the Acts of the apostles, because it tells of mighty deeds they have done. It is not just a story of a special people doing extraordinary things, but it is a story of our extraordinary God doing special things through His people. Someone said: “You cannot do a supernatural task without a supernatural Saviour”. The disciples of Jesus knew their impossible assignment to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and to cast out demons, but they also knew that Jesus was sending the Promise of His Father upon them. As they gathered together on the Day of Pentecost with one accord in prayer they were endued or clothed with power from on high, and the disciples became different people. These are the same disciples who were hiding for fear of the Jews in John 20:19, but when the Holy Spirit came, they became bold, passionate Christians, burning with a desire to serve Him. Their hearts were ignited with the love of the Father for the broken, lost, dying world. They became people, compelled to bring others to know God. The disciples were transformed into His witnesses.
A disciple, by definition, is a person who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another. A witness in the the judicial system, on the other hand, is someone who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature. Peter in 2Peter 1:16 makes this statement: “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” This is that same Peter who was afraid of the Jews, hiding with the other disciples behind shut doors, but when the Holy Spirit rested upon him he was transformed into a powerful witness of the Gospel of Christ. In 1Corinthians 2:4 it says: “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” We get to preach the Gospel, tell the good news, to everybody we meet, but what’s even more amazing, we get to demonstrate it. Bill Johnson said it this way, “Without power, the good news is not good news.”
A good example comes to my mind. One of my previous coworkers, Derek, was an amazing young man, without the knowledge of Christ. He has had traumatic experiences with the supernatural of the enemy, but never with the power and love of our Lord. As he shared with me the negative impact it left on his life, I was moved by the compassion of the Father for him. The moment I began speaking of His joy and peace the Holy Spirit came upon me so strong I had to turn away. As I did, I heard him exclaim: “Can you feel it, can you feel it!” The power of God was moving upon Derek, demonstrating the gospel. In the middle of the workplace he had a powerful encounter with the God of love that will stay with him for the rest of his life. It was so evident to him that it was God that I didn’t even have to say very much. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”
In Matthew 10:7-8 Jesus said, “Preach this message: The Kingdom of Heaven is here. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” There is power residing inside of us, the power of the Holy Spirit. It is like a mighty river ready to burst out of us, ready to flow, to touch, to heal. A powerful river able to destroy the works of the enemy, mend the brokenhearted, make someone whole again. The Holy Spirit wants to flow out of us just as He did in Luke 8:46 when the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment. And as we stop for that one person in the middle of our busy day and allow the Spirit to flow out of us we will see revival. Christians will be revived and many will accept the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church will grow, thousands of people will be swept into the Kingdom. Prayer meetings will be full and His people will be lovers of His presence and communion with Him. Hell will be plundered and heaven populated.
Christ’s disciples will become Christ’s witnesses.