Being a Witness
Equip idividuals for Christ mission (To be a witness)
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.”
Yeshua said John 15:4 “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” Reason being – the branch need the food (power from within) from the vine to be released in the growth and production of fruits. When we look again at the words in
James 5:16 “… the earnest prayer…” means in the original Greek “energew” that originated from the word meaning to be active or efficient or effectual or to be mighty. But in the sentence it means to be at work within/put forth power from within – Prayer can thus be translated as : to release power from within in order to bear fruit in the likeness of the source. Reminding us of what Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.”
Power meaning = dunamij meaning inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth. The mentioned is only possible once we have managed the art of abiding, abiding in the source that gives us strength, the source of the power that need to be released. Abiding is the source of power of a warrior, so that the power of Jesus can be released from within, giving glory to the source. The Greek word for abiding, means to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy). In the sentence of us abiding in Messiah it relates to a relationship (state or condition) therefore meaning to remain as one, not to become another or different, to wait for or to await one. To abide then have a different meaning as we tend to think of, to abide means more to remain (to be part of) to the extend that I am no longer an individual but I became part of Jesus the Messiah and therefore waiting on Him so that His power can be released through us, not according to the desires of the flesh but according to His righteousness and holiness.
Thinking about ourselves as the Body of Messiah, we cannot be separated from Messiah, we are part of Jesus the Messiah – in fact we are the moving/doing part that react only on His command (Word ) that is released – we wait until we receive the command. Consider John 15:7 the meaning of “Word” came from the Greek word rhma meaning an utterance (that which is or has been uttered by the living voice). To become the instrument of prayer we must abide until we receive the command and then in obedience release that Word/power within. If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Once again just a reminder. Submission one to another with dedicated obedience will automatically cause you to be exalted to a position of authority. (Ponder on this, relating it to God and man, think about Jesus and His Father). Jesus said that He says everything the Father tells Him to say and that He does everything His Father shows Him to do. (That is to release the power of God working within us in an act of obedience)
Abiding as the secret to answered prayer, is to remain in the Source of our strength. The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit so that we will be able to always abide in Him. But abiding in the Source means to allow ourselves to be washed by the Word from the Source, as the Bible said in Ephesians 5:26-27 So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, 27That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].
In abiding (to remain as one, not to become another or different, to wait for or to await one) we must acknowledge that we cannot be indifferent from the One we remain in. There is One Source (Jesus the Messiah) and all of us remaining in Him cannot be indifferent from Him we are all recreated in Jesus to do the good works that God predestined for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. As the branch have been formed from the vine to produce fruit to the glory of the vine, so have we been formed in the Messiah, to produce fruit to the glory of His name and the name of the Father, doing that what God have planned for us to do. We can conclude that true prayer is not trying to persuade God to go our way, but learning to remaining in Him/or waiting on Him so that we can delight in going His way, producing fruit to the glory of His name and according to His will.
Whether or not our prayers are answered depend upon our position from where we pray. Do we remain as one with Jesus the Messiah or have we become indifferent to Him, do we wait on Him or do we do our own thing. Jesus said My Fathers House is a House of prayer, a true warrior is in agreement with this.