Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
You can tell the people that have been with Jesus, the ones who have spent time in the Word, the ones who have spent time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord.
The ones who come to church out of hunger, not habit.
Daniel said in Daniel 11:32, the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Who you spend your time with makes a difference in who your are and how you behave.
When I was a teenager, many years ago, there were 2 questions I always got asked when I was
1 Where are you going?
2 who are you going with?
There were some people that I was not supposed to hang around with, ( bad influences), but sometimes I would hang out with them anyway, thinking what Mom and Dad don't know won't hurt me.
But my actions at home would give me away. Dad would always say,
"I can always tell when you been spending time with so and so."
The Scribes and Pharisees could see the difference when Peter and John had been spending time
with Jesus. They began to act like Him. They were praying for the crippled and preaching salvation to
A lot of modern Christians don't act like Jesus, because they don't speed much time with Jesus.
They end up spending most of their time with fear, worry, and doubt.
I can tell you from experience, that is a bad bunch to hang out with.
These 3 will try to run your life, if you let them.
You spend much time with these 3, and everyone will know it.
You see, some people follow Jesus, but they follow him from a distance.
They would like to keep him in sight, but not too close until they need him;
not close enough to where they are going to be changed by Him.
Jesus said these Words in the book of Matthew:
Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
They used His name but never had a true relationship. They used His name but never submitted to His authority.
Earlier in that same chapter Jesus said Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.
He didn't say their doctrines.
Galatians 5:22-23 says But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
These are the result of being connected to Jesus, the True Vine. These don't come by following along at a distance. These come from time spent in His presence as a branch drawing from the vine.
Let me read you another Scripture.
Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto
This is speaking about the believers that were scattered abroad after the death of Stephen and persecution arose against them, but this text says that the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and were turned unto the Lord.
I believe the reason the modern church lacks power and doesn't draw the lost is partially because we have tried to do things in our own strength and wisdom.
Our strength hasn't been renewed because we haven't waited on the Lord.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Our Scripture said the hand of God was on them. It wasn't because they had the best drama team, or the best musical section. It was because they were anointed by the hand of God.
We need to realize that man's wisdom can stir up emotions, but it takes the Spirit of the Lord to
People call me old fashioned, but I think the church needs to come back to basics. We don't need a
better program, we need a closer walk, and a relationship with the Lord to the point that people will say,
"They have been with the Lord."
Don't misunderstand what I am saying. I am not against drama teams or a good music section, but all these things are of no avail unless they are anointed by the Holy Spirit. That's why so many of the old ways worked, because they were anointed.
Billy Graham used the same song at every altar call. It worked because the Lord had his hand on it.
A.A. Allen sang the same song in his healing ministries. God did many miracles while that song was being sung, because it was anointed.
What we need, more than anything else, is the anointing of God in our services, in our lives, and in our homes.
The world can tell whether we have “been with Jesus” by the deeds we do, the words we speak, and the attitude we manifest while we are doing both.
I want to show you something very important that you may not have realized, in the old covenant, under the old law they had THE TABERNACLE OF WITNESS.
Acts 7-44 speaks of it: Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
And if you read that text when you get down to verse 48 it says this:
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.
The tabenacle of witness was the the evidence that God dwelt among his people.
What God wants is for you and I to become tabernacles of witness.
Witness means evidence. The Holy Ghost produces evidence.
This text here in Acts chapter 7 is part of Stephen's sermon to the council and the high Priest.
One of the things he charged them with was (verse 51) ye do always resist the Holy Ghost.
I think we miss out sometimes because we resist the leading of The Holy Ghost.
We have people that are out of church today because they resisted the Holy Ghost's call and leading. Now their heart is hardened, and as a consequence of that hardened heart, the person does not perceive or recognize the opportunity of grace when it comes.
Friends, don't resist the Holy Ghost. He will quicken your heart to spent some time with him.
Don't put him off. He is not calling you there for his benefit but for yours and those around you.
If we would spend time with Him in His Word, spend time with Him in prayer, spend time with him in his church, and time with him in worship, then we won't have to buy a shirt that says we are a Christian.
But like the Pharisees of Peter and John's day, people will perceive that we have been with the Lord by the fruit that we bear and the attitudes that we have.
Let us be full of the Holy Ghost and the hand of God will be upon us as it was the early church.
THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS
Can the world see that you have been with Jesus?