July 8, 2021
We live in a time like no other, and this season did not catch God off guard. In addition to securing your eternal salvation, He provided everything you need to live the abundant life that Jesus came to this earth to provide. However, it’s so much more than living in and enjoying the abundant life…there is a greater purpose in it, which is where true fulfillment comes.
Jesus speaking to His disciples in Acts 1:8 said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jesus did not tell the disciples to “go and witness.” He said, “…you shall BE witnesses…” There is a great deal of difference. When most Christians think of the word “witness,” it is in terms of going out, knocking on a door and sharing the Gospel with someone. But Jesus didn’t say that. Jesus said, “…you shall BE witnesses.”
Our lives should be a witness to the world of the power of God at work in us. The lifestyle we live is a witness and puts us into the position of leading others to Jesus. Being a witness is a form of leadership.
Many types and models of leadership exist, such as business models, military models, etc. But the leadership I’m talking about is the Bible kind of leadership, “…you shall be witnesses unto me.” We equate “witness” with leadership because by definition, leadership is influence. Influence is not control, nor is it making someone do whatever you wish. Influence simply means that your input into someone’s life affects the decisions you make.
The word “witness” in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word for martyr. The English word “martyr” has come to stand for a person who loses his life in defense of his beliefs. Tradition tells us that with the exception of Judas, who killed himself after he betrayed Jesus, all of the original disciples, except for John, lost their lives at the hands of men, the result of being a witness of the Gospel. So we consider a martyr as someone who gives his life, or loses his life in defense of the Gospel. But the Greek word does not mean that. The Greek actually means “one who can or does avow to what he has seen, heard, or knows.” In other words, a martyr refers to one who bears witness or gives testimony to something he knows to be the truth.
Our calling is not to lose our lives or to die as witnesses. God has called us to live our lives as witnesses for Him. Living is what Jesus was talking about. He didn’t say that you will receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you so you can die. No, no, no! Jesus was saying that you can go into the uttermost parts of the earth and live for Him, not only doing the works of Jesus but living a lifestyle that will influence others to want to serve Him.
Living as a witness for Him is easier than people think, yet so many Christians miss the mark. The best way to be a witness is to STAY FULL! Stay full of what? The Word and the Holy Ghost. In John 2:1-11, we find the time when Jesus turned water into wine. The significance of this story has numerous applications, but I want to point out a particular phrase found in verse 7, “Jesus saith unto them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.” They filled them up to the brim. Part of the miracle that took place at the wedding had to do with the waterpots being filled to the brim, and so it is with us. In these last days, if you want to live a supernatural life, your job is to stay full spiritually.
These waterpots were vessels, and sometimes a clay waterpot can get cracks and leak out. In the same way, we too are vessels and can leak out if we’re not careful. Additionally, when certain things bump us or rub us the wrong way, some of what we’re full of can get sloshed out. Therefore, we must continually be filling ourselves up to the brim.
I want to share with you two ways that you can stay full in the times we live in.
- Feast on the Word! When you’re feasting on the Word, it leaves little time to feast on everything else that the world is offering you. Turn off the news channels, and turn on the Good News where lies, hypocrisy, fear, and turmoil do not exist! If you don’t know what to turn on, we have hundreds of hours’ worth of pure Word available to you through our Webb Ministries app or audio podcast.
- Tongues! Pray in tongues continually because when you do you are edifying yourself and building yourself up. Praying in the Spirit is the doorway to living supernaturally. The New Testament is filled with Scriptures regarding speaking in tongues, but here are just two that say it all.
I Corinthians 14:2, 4, For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself…
Jude 20, But ye, beloved, buiding up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost…
God has given us the tools we need to succeed in this life, regardless of what is going on around us. He desires so much for us to live a supernatural life so that we are effective witnesses for Him. As you go about your day, week, and month, purpose to stay full, and expect the desired results.