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Friday, June 6

Posted: Friday, June 6

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Kings 1:1-53
Acts 4:1-37
Psalm 124:1-8
Proverbs 16:24

 

Verse of the day:

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  (Acts 4:31)

 

Acts 4:1-31 records the response to the healing of the lame beggar in chapter 3.  Peter and John are put into prison for the night and brought before the rulers, elders and teachers of the law the next day.  They ask Peter and John “By what power or what name did you do this?” (v. 7)   I want to say that Peter responded with “I’m glad you asked me that!”.    Because Peter begins right away by boldly telling them that ” It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.” (v. 9)  Those were pretty bold words and they noticed.  Verse 13 says “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”   What they didn’t know is that when Jesus left, He sent someone else.  He sent the Holy Spirit.

After they had been threatened, Peter and John were released and they went to the believers and gave a report.  The Church responded by praying,  “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. “  (v. 29)  God responds by filling them with the Holy Spirit.  (v. 31)  What does it say they were able to do after they were filled with the Holy Spirit?  That’s right, they “spoke the word of God boldly” like Peter and John did before.  The Holy Spirit makes the difference.

Are you having a difficult time mustering up enough courage to tell your co-worker about Jesus?  Does fear get in the way of you sharing the Good News with family members?    Do you lack boldness to be His witness?  God wants to give you the power to be His witness through the Holy Spirit.   In Luke 11:13b Jesus says to ask.  Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit today.

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Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children’s Pastor

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