THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 4
POWER TO BE A WITNESS
He was an all-A student in high school, until he came to speech class. He was so shy that he couldn’t stand in front of his classmates and speak. Instead, he chose to take an F in the class. He became a Christian at about 12 years of age and loved the Lord. When he was in high school, he watched a movie, and it greatly influenced his life. He believed that God was calling him to be a Pastor. When he shared this with his mother she told him, “No way! You are too shy to be a Pastor. Pastors have to speak to their people.” Unfortunately, this put a damper on the call.
Later, when he was in college in a different state than he grew up, his mother told him about her new Pastor that lived near where he was going to college. She told him that he was having a bible study and should visit him. He did just that, and the message that was being taught was on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He had never heard anything about this but decided that it was something that he needed. The Pastor laid hands on him, and he received the baptism and spoke in other tongues. On the outside he didn’t look different, but something happened to him on the inside. He became bold in his witness for Christ. He started witnessing to everyone he met, and many hundreds of people got saved.
He went on to be a Pastor, and many lives were saved because of his boldness. The once shy young man was now a strong witness for Jesus. Who was this person? It was my late husband Jim Todd that started Spirit of Life Ministries along with myself. He never was shy after he received this infilling from God.
Boldness is one of the things that you can expect when you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Peter had fearfully denied Christ three times before Jesus was crucified, but on the day of Pentecost that fear disappeared, and he preached a sermon with no hesitation and over 3,000 people were saved.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit gives you that power to be a witness. The Greek word for power is “dunamis.” This is where our word dynamite comes from. You could say that the words of God explode when you speak, touching lives that would never have been touched before. The Church needs this boldness in this hour we are in. The harvest is ripe, and it takes this kind of bold witness to bring souls to salvation. Speaking in tongues changes you from the inside out.
I became a strong witness for the Lord too after I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You can too. If you haven’t asked for it, then do so today. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.