Many of us are spiritual wimps; though we have the Spirit of Jesus within us we lack the boldness of Peter and John.
One Word –
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 25, 26, 27; Acts 3, 4
Big Idea –
Most of us are familiar with the healing of the lame man outside the Temple gate. Peter and John had no silver or gold to offer the man, but what they had they gave. What did they have? A confident hope that the resurrected Christ was with them to heal this man. At their word the man was immediately restored and jumped to his feet.
Needless to say people were astonished at what they had witnessed; a crowd gathered and Peter and John used this opportunity to share their hope in the resurrected Christ with them. When the religious leaders heard of it they had them arrested and held in prison overnight. The next morning they heard for themselves what had happened. They were upset that Peter and John were making them responsible for Jesus death and wanted them to be silenced. Nevertheless there was no denying the miracle of a lame man now waking after over forty years of living as a cripple.
The disciples were further threatened by the religious leaders not to preach or teach in the name of Jesus. Yet they rejoiced that they were counted worthy of suffering for Christ. Upon returning to the other disciples, they gathered together and prayed that the LORD would continue to give them boldness to proclaim the name of Jesus, and that as they did God would confirm the message with signs and wonders. After they had prayed Luke tells us “the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
Rather than give into the pressure and threats made against them, they prayed and God answered them with boldness. Over the last several weeks I have been preaching on hope – specifically the harvest of hope. This week I shared about how hope makes us bold – boldness comes as a result of our hope in Christ.
And so I’m reminded today to examine the condition of my ‘tree of hope’ – that is my life? Am I grounded firmly in Christ? Is Jesus my absolute hope? If so then I don’t need to work up fruitfulness; the harvest comes naturally from the life within the tree. LORD we need the same boldness of Peter and John, to believe you for the impossible.
I must ask the LORD to help strengthen my hope with absolute confidence that He will give me the boldness I need to make Him known.
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, thank You for Your Holy Spirit that leads me in truth. Help me to look to you with a confident hope and respond to the leading of the Spirit with boldness, to proclaim the hope I have so others might be healed and come to know You as their Savior and LORD.