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I’ve been reading in the book of Acts the last few days. With all that’s happening in the world right now, it’s actually been comforting to see the unity among the believers in the early church. They prayed in unity as they waited for the Holy Spirit to be given to them. They shared what they had witnessed with boldness. Something stuck out to me in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John encountered a lame man and healed him on their way to the temple to pray. Peter preached boldly to the people who were in the temple courts that day. Acts 4 starts with the priests, the captain of the temple and the Sadducees being “greatly annoyed” to the point that Peter and John were arrested! The following day, as they were being released, Peter again told them the Truth of the Gospel. Then, in Acts 4:14 scripture says “But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.” The “opposition” saw the results of the faith that Peter and John had and could not refute it.
Scripture says the Spirit dwells within us and gives us power. I wonder if there is evidence of my faith that is irrefutable like that of Peter and John. Though the Sadducees and other leaders were “annoyed” with them, they could not deny that there was real power behind their actions. The evidence (in the man standing beside them) was undeniable. What is the evidence of my faith? Am I boldly speaking “of what I have seen and heard”? (v20) Is the evidence of my faith causing others to praise God? (v21)
Peter and John went back to their friends and shared the threats and warnings. Rather than cowering in fear and staying behind closed doors, they prayed in unison that they would be BOLD in sharing what Christ had accomplished and they trusted that He would continue to work through them. (v29-31)
YOU have the same Spirit living in you! Go out with BOLDNESS and share what God is doing in your life and in the life of the families in your school. You may face opposition at times, but let the evidence of the power of the resurrected Christ be your testimony. And just for fun, take a moment and remember this song from your young Sunday School days! 🙂