Acts chapter 1 from verse 7
The reason why God gives you power. The Jews already had a prophecy that one day there will be a restoration of all things.
Are we together? that they would be restored as a nation and so when they saw the invincibility of the Ministry of Jesus, they perceived and thought he was the one who would dethrone Caesar and Herod.
So they anticipated that was the reason why the disciples kept falling for the propositions of Jesus because they hoped that one day he would dethrone Caesar, dethrone Herod.
James and John connive with their mother remember, to begin to lobby positions for them in advance because they saw the way Jesus was going and they believed that he would conquer Caesar. so when Jesus gave himself to be killed, it was a shock and a disappointment.
THE REASON WHY GOD GIVES YOU POWER.
They left their fishing, they left their professions to follow a man who they believed would be their hero who would one day be king in the earth here and then as a reward they would have the privilege of occupying different cabinets and now Jesus is giving himself to die leaving them in trouble.
That’s why when he said I’m going, they said you’re not going anywhere you’ve caused trouble within a territory and you want to go.
It was not compassion, they were not missing him, they knew they were already in trouble.
And Jesus said “it is expedient that I go whilst you are afraid of what will happen in the tram there is an agenda that is bigger than this there is one who is coming he would be a continuation of what I am known to you”
They didn’t understand and they were not interested at all,l so when Jesus died they ran away. Are we together now? yes and Jesus is back to life and then John 20:1
Gives us the account Peter looks at his colleagues and says, I go fishing, then they said we go with you and while they began to fish they couldn’t catch anything. Jesus stands by the seashore and says little children have you any catch and then Peter recognizing it was Jesus, he washed his net and came to him.
And while they sat to eat he said” Simon! loves thou me more than these then? he said” feed my lamb, feed my ship. And after all of that conversation the Bible now takes us to the book of Acts where when Jesus resurrected for a period of 40 days, he called on.
Isn’t it amazing how purposeful Jesus is? I mean who would resurrect from the dead and go back to a lecture hall. you resurrect from the dead and go to a media house, everybody finally I came back to life. And Jesus said there’s no time for that in 50 days the earth is about to change.
Something is coming guys. I did not finish the lecture before my death now that I’m back there’s no time for celebration to come together. I need to teach you, there are things I would show you and I have 40 days left.
The Bible says he mentored them on the matters of the kingdom are we together? so when we get to verse 7 he makes a statement. Acts chapter 1 and verse 7.
The disciples were interested in this” will you at this point restore the nation of Israel? and he said ” it is not for you to know the times or the seasons that the father has put within his authority” then verse 8 is where I want to build on it says” but you shall receive power”
THE REASON WHY GOD GIVES YOU POWER. BY SELMAN
The Holy Ghost comes upon you and then it says” you shall be witnesses” Everybody say, witnesses! He says you will be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem.
Jesus himself speaking and he called himself the faithful witness. Jesus calls himself the faithful witness. So not only is John a witness, Jesus himself says I am NOT just Savior, I am NOT just Lord, I am a faithful witness. Have you seen that the spiritual names of believers are not just man of God?
please listen to me, you have to understand this. For every order teaching in this conference to really make sense, you must understand that we are not just called to be doctors and engineers and bankers.No! Those things are the names given when the geography of your witness is now defined. But that your assignment is to be the validator of a claim, witnesses.
Now the Bible says in Acts chapter 1 when you go to verse 8 again he says” you will be witnesses unto me” and then it begins to list different geographic areas. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria.
For years I wondered why he left that Scripture until I found out. lookup, please. I found out that it was not just territorial or Geographic allocations alone.
That as God deals with us, he now begins to send us to different geographic territories where the witness of Christ’s history is needed. This is what your pastor and many of the people call the seven mountains.
They are the geography of witnesses. They are not your assignment. Your assignment is to be a witness but they define the geography, the jurisdiction of your assignment.
listen every witness has something that will always be demanded, is called a token of truthfulness, The name is evidence. Right in there, there is no witness in the court of law that is a true witness who does not have evidence, and evidence is a token of validation, is a token of truthfulness, and that’s the reason why God gives you power.
if you claim that you are a witness then creation will demand to pass the test to prove to create you a witness.
They will ask you where is your evidence. If I tell pastor how long have you been with your dear wife and we run a test here, we will tell him, pastor we are going to test you. we will not just take it that this is your wife, you will need to give us some evidence.
When people lose money or lose properties, they say concrete of ownership comes with evidence. So you don’t just show up and say I’m born again. They say many have come like you. If you’re a witness where is your evidence? what is the evidence God called you?