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I recently was reading through Acts and was inspired by chapters 3 and 4. Allow me to summarize:

Peter and John were in the temple at the hour of prayer and came across a beggar, crippled since birth, who could be found everyday at the temple courts begging for money. The man saw Peter and John and immediately begged for money, yet Peter answered, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have a give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Immediately the crippled beggar’s legs became strong and he stood up and ran around the temple courts, leaping in the air, praising God. Everyone in the temple courts, who regularly saw this same man everyday, were completely awestruck and shocked at his healing and what they had just witnessed. Seeing the crowd’s confusion Peter clarifies that the man was not healed by their own powers but through faith and the power of Jesus Christ, the same power that raised Christ from the dead. Many were affected by what they had seen and heard and came to know Christ that day.

As Peter continued to talk, the priests and the temple guard came up to Peter and John and had them arrested for claims that they had the power to raise people from the dead. They had them put in jail for the night. The next day, the healed beggar and Peter and John were brought in front of the elders and high priest to be questioned. They were seeking out a punishment for the two. The high priest demanded an explanation of how they were able to heal a man and by what power. Yet boldly and confidently, Peter proclaimed, “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.” He then reminded them all of the life and legacy of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. The priest was amazed at how much confidence such an ordinary man spoke with. The priest could not deny the true healing powers of Jesus since the healed beggar was standing right there in front of them. Not knowing what do with the two of them, and struggling to come up with a form of punishment, he had Peter and John released. Yet, he ordered them to never speak or teach in the name of Jesus ever again. They refuse, once again boldly replying, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking of what we have seen and heard.” The priest and elders had nothing to say and once again could not deny the power of Christ since all the people in the temple that day were praising God for what had happened. The two of them went back to their towns and told their people of what had happened. Hearing of this, they all prayed prayers that God would enable them with boldness to speak His word in the face of adversity in the name of Jesus Christ, just as he had enabled Peter and John.

Main point: God equips his believers with the Holy Spirit and a holy boldness in our lives regardless of personal weakness. He is able to make us fearless and courageous regardless of what may come against us.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power…(NIV)
Jeremiah 1:7 – The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (NLT)
Romans 8:11 – The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. (NLT)

I hope this week that we can all pray that God would place us in a situation that would give us the opportunity to be bold and courageous in our faith and stand our ground against those who may persecute us for what we believe in. Know that in these situations that it’s not us alone speaking his Word but God speaking in and through us.

-Todd

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Todd. It’s perfect timing, actually; I’m studying in Japan for this entire spring semester (I’m originally from Minnesota), and it’s kindof crazy, kindof terrifying. The passage about courage and the extra assurance that God is with us always no matter what is really comforting while I’m on the other side of the planet. ありがとうございました。(Thanks)
    ^_^

  2. Wow. This is am amazing message – and you are so right. Our weakness is made perfect in his strength, and if we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us we should be doing something – there is necessary action.

    Cudo’s for the motivation :o)

  3. I agree! Kudos for the motivation. Sometimes we think that we can handle things by ourselves and then we are reminded that we never do anything alone, as Jesus Christ is always with us. Sometimes we need to look to others to rely on their strength when we are not strong!

  4. Todd, I bet you’re called to be a pastor! lol I’m NOT kidding…it is possible. This was an awesome entry. Thanks and God bless 🙂

  5. Great post! The funny thing is, I read this exact same passage today in my devotions. Thank you for the challenge!

  6. Thanks so much! Wow! Thats actually the second time ive read that this week…I think God is trying to tell me something! 🙂


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