Sunday 4 November, 2012

Acts 4:23-31

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one. 27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 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.

Here were Peter & John, having just been released from the Council of elders & leaders, found to be praying and praising God. They were basically arrested for their faith in Jesus & their determination for others to know about who He was. They saw thousands come to Christ and this threatened the church leaders.

My faith has never been tested to the point of imprisonment or challenges Cialis soft tabs like this, but I have needed to stand firm on my beliefs on a number of occasions. To praise God’s name in the face of opposition, & when there didn’t seem to be a way out of a problem.

The Bible talks about us being opposed by the enemy – but, also that we have someone greater on our side! Greater than anyone that lives in the world.

My continued prayer over my life, is that I will always continue to praise & seek God through all circumstances my life journey takes me on. Always speaking God’s message with boldness, as it states in verse 31.

Written by Ps. Mandy Miller

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  1. Justin Ware says:

    May we all grow in our understanding of what it takes to have bold faith in the face of adversity.

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