” And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
Like any other work of God, the work of missions in particular must not be done in the flesh so that frustration, failure and discouragement would not come in. Today, we want to look at the power behind effective missionary activities.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND MISSIONS
The three Persons of the Trinity are all missions-minded. We have seen God the Father and God the Son in our previous studies. The Holy Spirit cannot be left out in this work of bringing the world to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In fact, the Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity, is a missionary Spirit. He is a sent One. Jesus had promised His disciples before He left that He would not leave them comfortless and that He would send the Spirit of truth to be with the believers. The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost in a special and unmistakable way although before then He had been active in the world in various ways –Acts 2:1-4; Genesis 1:2; 2 Chro. 20:14; Judges 15:14.
His ministry to believers is to teach and encourage them – John 16:13-15. He also has a missionary ministry to the unbelievers in convicting them –John 16:8-11 and in regenerating –John 3:8.
The Holy Spirit and missions are inseparable. Missions work cannot be effective neither can it succeed without the Spirit. Like in any other spiritual activity, the Holy Spirit is indispensable to missionary activities. The Holy Spirit is to missions what food is to the body. If one does not eat well, it will affect the body adversely. In the same manner, if one does not seek the help of the Holy Spirit, he would be labouring for nothing – Acts 8:29
THE HOLY SPIRIT AS DIRECTOR OF MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES
The book of Acts shows the Spirit of God in action as the Apostles and other believers moved from place to place and nations to nations to preach the good news. The Holy Spirit was so important to the missionary activity of the Church that the work could not begin until the Holy Spirit arrived. As a matter of fact, Jesus specifically told His disciples that they could only carry out the great commission effectively when the Spirit must have arrived – Luke 24:49; Acts 1 :4-5. The Holy Spirit is the power behind missions (Acts 1 :8.) He is the One that can provide power for the work to stand.
It is significant to note that God decided to send the Spirit on the day of Pentecost when men “from every nation under heaven” were in Jerusalem. Since the message is for all nations, God sent the power to make the message effective on the day men from different languages, tribes and people were gathered. This is very instructive indeed and it shows how important this work is to God. What happened on that day of Pentecost reveals the missionary emphasis of the Spirit. The Spirit also empowered the disciples to speak in the language of all these people – Acts 2:6.
Peter preached on the prophecy that God in Spirit was to be poured out on “all flesh” Acts 2:16-20 – that whoever called on the name of the Lord would be saved – Acts 2:21 – and said the promise of the Spirit was available to “all that are far off. “(Acts 2:38-39.) Pentecost was the birthday of the missions as well as the Church.
The Spirit sent Philip to speak to the Ethiopian eunuch – Acts 8:29. He told Peter to go to the Gentile Cornelius – Acts 10:19-20 – and authenticated the conversion of the Gentiles – Acts 10:44-47 – to the Jews who did not want to accept them into the Church.
It was the Spirit who told the prophets and teachers at Antioch to send out the first missionary team – Acts 13:2 – and the Spirit Himself also sent them out – Acts 13:4. This agrees with the commission given previously to Paul on the road to Damascus – Acts 26:16-23 – and in the Temple (Acts 22:21) and through Ananias (Acts 9:15-16) that he was to be a missionary to the Gentiles.
The Holy Spirit prevented them from going to Asia Minor and directed them to Macedonia, a new continent. The Spirit continued to direct their movements. –Acts 16:6-7; Acts 16:8-10,Acts 19:21,Acts 20:22-23.
It is unfortunate today that many believers do not reckon with the Holy Spirit any longer. No wonder, the apostles succeeded greatly because they allowed the Holy Spirit to have His way. We should follow their examples.
- We must turn away from anything we do that God does not approve of.
- Too much of anything is not good so let us control our appetite.
- Too much of uncontrolled freedom leads to bondage.
- Salvation is a gift. Our part is to receive it.
- Let your thoughts be more horizontal than vertical.
- Whatever God has given us, let us use it to His glory.
- I must preach Christ because I love Him.
Thank You Jesus!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Pastor E A Adeboye With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your son Pastor Yemi Osinbajo With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Mr Donald Trump With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Reuven Rivlin With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
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