Week Five – Day 4
TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetables, nuts and water only)
Read Acts 4:1-31
All of us at times have felt unqualified and inadequate in sharing our faith boldly. We say to ourselves, “I’ve never received formal Bible training, or I am new to the faith, or I don’t have all the answers.” Oftentimes we look at our past, our imperfections, and our failures as disqualifying us from being used by God. We conclude that sharing the good news of Christ is better left for the experts, the pastors, or those guys on TV.
In Acts 4, Peter and John stand before the rulers, elders, and teachers of the law and declare, “Salvation is found in Jesus Christ of Nazareth who was crucified and raised from the dead. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Don’t you wish you had that kind of filled-with-the-Holy-Spirit boldness?
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to state the truth of Christ with such clarity?
How were they able to do this?
Here is the best part: Scripture states that these religious leaders were astonished by their courage because—catch this— they were unschooled, ordinary men. They concluded that the only possible source of their boldness was because “these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Today, we set aside time to simply be with Jesus. Then, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God will show you opportunities to declare His love to others and give you the bravery to do it. Pray for boldness in sharing the good news and your faith with others.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 NIV