Speak Up!

3 Apr

God’s Word: Acts 4:1-22

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Most disagreements come from deeper than surface happenings. Speak upIn this passage Peter and John were arrested for teaching about Jesus and for healing the crippled man in the name of Jesus.  They were arrested by religious authorities who were jealous because the people were listening to Peter and John and turning their devotion to Jesus, rather than them.  When arrested, I gave Peter and John boldness to speak up, through My Spirit, and clearly state the message of salvation through Jesus.  Peter knew that statement would ire the authorities but spoke up about it because it was true.

The authorities were fascinated that these two men had no formal education.  Yet here they were, confidently speaking out to these who had the power to imprison them further.  Yet, standing nearby was the formerly crippled man, so upright and so healed—evidence of the power of Jesus.  They wanted to condemn Peter and John but realized they had no real ground to stand on.  They secluded themselves and worked on a plan to silence them.  Returning they said Peter and John were no longer to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

Peter responded with boldness. “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide.  As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”  You may think you could not be so bold in the face of opposition, but fear not, My Spirit will be with you.  Peter and John’s boldness came from My presence.  They set the example as My faithful ambassadors.  There will always be those trying to silence My message of salvation through Jesus.  I am calling you to be My ambassador to your generation.

God’s Question: Are you speaking up for My cause in your world?

God’s Promise: Do not fear—speak boldly for Me.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Your promise of giving us boldness to speak.

I am Sorry I have way to often kept silent.

Thank You for the confidence You promise.

Please Help Me be faithful to Your calling upon my life.

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