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Devotional - week of September 17, 2000


SPIRIT-DIRECTED WITNESSING

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me … Acts 1:8

Thomas took Lloyd to a place of business to assist Lloyd with a business matter. Thomas was a Christian gentleman and Lloyd was a non-Christian. Thomas had witnessed often to Lloyd, and he expected to use this occasion to witness again. And he did witness, but in a different way than he had planned.

While they were at the place of business, Thomas sensed the Lord was leading him to talk to one of the customers. He went to the customer and opened the conversation about the man’s spiritual condition. The customer said that he was not a Christian but was ready to become one.

Thomas felt that the Lord was not leading him to encourage the man to invite Jesus into his heart in the public place. He gave him a tract explaining how to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

When Thomas and Lloyd got into the car to return to their homes, Lloyd said, “Thomas, there were other people in the room. Why did you witness to only one person? Thomas answered, “I did not sense that God wanted me to talk with anyone else.

Thomas was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. He witnessed to a particular person, and in a particular way he shared the message of salvation with him. He was also sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership in the ones he did not witness to.

Thomas is an excellent example for Spirit-directed witnessing -witnessing when and how the Spirit of God leads.

In a moment of silence before God, obey the five commands for living by God’s grace. As you yield yourself fully to God, know that witnessing to unsaved people is one of the things the Holy Spirit will lead you to do. And He will direct you all the way.