Friday, November 3, 2017

Time to Step Outside the Walls

Edited sermon by Pastor Allan.  "Time to Step Outside the Walls."

Acts 1:8 You shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you and you shall be witnesses.

Witnessing requires you to first become empowered.  The disciples continued in one accord in prayer, supplication, praise and song as they met together.  

They were powerful in ministry even when they were persecuted.  There was no wavering regardless, but they had power to be bold.  

Often it is easy for us to give our testimony among friends, but a bit more difficult to walk outside the walls.

Stephen facing death, was given power to witness even to die for his faith.

Paul and Silas were beaten, placed in stocks, yet in their pain they were bold to sing praises unto God.  The prisoners listened as they sang praises, and it was a revival service in prison.  Bang - - and then prison doors were opened, chains fell off, but they stayed.  It was important for the jailer and his family to be saved.

At times you may be criticized and made fun of, but don’t defend yourself. 

When you are empowered you take church where you are and you change the atmosphere.  This can happen anywhere, perhaps at Wal-Mart, or in your neighborhood.  

Of yourself you can’t do this; it is necessary to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  We don’t want to fail God when doors open, so it pays to be ready and filled up with power to operate in the Holy Spirit.

Know that God is the restorer of families and relationships. 

As you move forward, expect people to become upset.  Know it is not the person themselves but the spirit behind them causing you trouble.

God desires to do great things, He needs willing vessels to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  

Let us be moving forward as we step outside our walls.

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