December Word of Encouragement Worship Devotions

“You are My witnesses…”

"You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He." ~Isaiah 43:10

The Redeemer of Israel, Jesus Christ, was foretold of many times by the prophets which means that Jesus, during His time on earth, was fully aware of what He had been born to do. Jesus knew that He was born to be “the way, the truth and the life” and that “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) And while much of the world flat-out rejected His godhood, there were some who willingly bore witness to His position as the Son of God and paid the price for that boldness with their lives- it’s no different today! Much of the world still rejects Jesus Christ as God – whether openly or in their hearts – while others willingly bear witness, but are we willing to pay the price of boldly testifying of the goodness of God that was born into sin, our Savior Jesus Christ?

You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lordand besides Me there is no savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shown, when there was no strange god among you; therefore, you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am GodIndeed, from eternity I am He…” (Isaiah 43:10-13)

The more time you spend in worship, giving thanks to God, blessing Him and ministering to Him, the less effort it will let your witness overflow to the world.

You may not be called to preach or go on the mission field, but you are a witness, as the Lord spoke, along with Jesus Christ, His servant. Why? “So that you may know and believe and understand” the eternal God in your own life and to be a witness of this to the world. Maybe your sphere of influence is to children in a preschool, or even just to your own children at home. Maybe your sphere of influence as a witness will be to your co-workers or family members. Maybe you’re a clerk in the halls of Congress, or a janitor on a movie set, or mechanic or a doctor who can pray in your spirit over patients each time you touch them. Maybe you’re an evangelist or a retired grandparent. Your job during your time on earth, your most important mission here is to 1) know, 2) believe, 3) understand and 4) witness to the world about the eternal God – as seen in the Person of Jesus Christ.

What your witness looks like will be uniquely you. Your life is the primary witness to the eternal God, and to Jesus Christ, “the image of the invisible God”. (Colossians 1:5) The more time you spend in His presence, the more effective and powerful your witness will be. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) God wants the world to know Him through Jesus Christ. He sent His Son to be born into humble circumstances and with no form or majesty that we should look upon him nor appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2) Jesus Christ, the humble Son of God, is easy to miss for those who are too busy looking at themselves and their own lives and that’s why God needs your witness of Jesus Christ! 

Thought for today

You are needed. You are important. You are part of God’s plan to reach the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ and the “peace on earth” and “God’s goodwill toward men” the Lord has enacted to be close to His people once again. (Luke 2:14) Whether or not you feel significant or even if no one responds positively to your witness or if you feel like you don’t have a position of influence anywhere – it’s not true! Look around you and say something, speak up! Pray for someone. Ask the Lord for an opportunity and then follow through when God sends it. Ask for boldness and then step out in faith. It may sound over simplified but it’s true: The more time you spend in worship, the bolder you will become. Being in God’s dwelling place, in His glorious presence, is a faith builder. It’s a reminder, an igniter, a strengthener, a support, an exclusively God-centered action and a spiritual weapon of warfare. The more time you spend in worship, giving thanks to God, blessing Him and ministering to Him, the less effort it will let your witness overflow to the world. Don’t trust in your own strength or desire, worship the Lord, then get out there and show the world who Jesus Christ is to you!

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