Thought For Today…

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And now, Lord, consider their threats, and enable Your servants to speak Your word with complete boldness

~Acts 4:29

Peter and John had just healed a cripple in the name of the Lord in front of the temple gates, (chapter three). They did this in front of thousands of witnesses, so many people saw the miracle take place. That included the Jewish priests, and they didn’t like it one bit!

In fact they had taken Peter and John, the apostles who performed the “wonder” into custody to question them about it.

“By what power or by what name have you done this?” they demanded, (4 V.7). You see, they thought they had put an end to the teaching and miracles which were done by Jesus Christ, for He had been crucified.

But Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit began to explain and preach about Jesus Christ to the entire crowd gathered in the temple colonnade. He said “If we are being judged for a good deed which we have done, let it be known that it was made so in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified, and whom God raised from the dead. It is by His hand this man is made well,” (4 VV. 8-10).

As we can imagine, the Jewish council cringed when they heard that! They immediately detained Peter and John and held them until the next day trying to decide how to handle the situation.

They wanted to physically punish the two apostles, of that there can be little doubt. But they were concerned of what the many people who had seen and heard the actions and words of the apostles might do. Some 5,000 believed in Jesus that day, (4 V 4).

So they gave them a stern warning not to teach or preach in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ ever again. But imagine the council’s surprise when their harsh warning was met with the answer which came from both Peter and John…

“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard,” (4 V 19). The audacity of this answer had to set the priests back on their heals!

After some more warnings from the priests, the apostles were turned loose and they returned to a gathering of the church. And what did they do once the apostles told everyone about what had happened to them? They all prayed to God for even more boldness to speak His word to all people, (4 V 29-30).

And when they had prayed their prayer, the place where they were assembled shook, and they were infused with more or the Holy Spirit and spoke the word with all courage and bravery, (4 V 31).

Prayer: Dear Lord…let we who are Your children find the fortitude to speak about You with every opportunity we have presented to us! May we learn a lesson from Peter and John that we need to stand up for You in this lost and dying world, now more than ever before. Give us the strength of our faith and conviction to use whatever gifts we have to tell others about our Savior in a humble but effective way. Be with us always in this endeavor…In the name of Jesus…Amen!

Refs: ~Google~ biblehub.com~ “The Holy Bible, NKJV, copyright, 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc.”

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21 thoughts on “Thought For Today…

    usathroughoureyes said:
    January 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    So glad you found us so we could find you too. Great site.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      That is very nice, thank you so much!

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      myloudbipolarwhispers said:
      February 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      I loved your prayer and your scriptures. So awesome. Thank you! I love your blog.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      February 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed your visit here. Please come back as you can…and I appreciate your following me!

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      myloudbipolarwhispers said:
      February 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      February 15, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      This is such a kind reply…thank you! I wish you the very best today.

      Steve

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      myloudbipolarwhispers said:
      February 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you. Same to you as well.

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    crazyloveparent said:
    January 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Amen! Such a great reminder.

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    oyide said:
    January 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Amen! Glory to God. I love that Scripture- ‘for we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard!’- Acts 4:20

    It is one of my best references for testimonies. And I have come to realise that the more we share our testimonies, the more we propagate the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    God bless you for this Steve.

    Happy New Year!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Oyide. That’s the way it works. We share our stories of Jesus and hope that people respond. Some do…many do not. But we find many ways to work in the vineyard of the Lord…

      And a very blessed and prosperous 2017 to you too!

      Steve 🙂

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    beholdinghimministries said:
    December 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Amen! The world/enemy gives the same message today, ‘do not speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus.’ It’s okay to be “spiritua but do not call out the Name of Jesus!”Our response must be the same as Peter and John’s, Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to the world and enemy or the One who has so loved and redeemed us…and not only that but empowers and equips us by His Word and Spirit so that it is no longer “I” but Christ no lives in us.” If we don’t who will? Certainly not the world who does not know Him. Father, in the Name of Jesus, we pray for Holy Ghost boldness and to be led by Your Spirit. Bless ya for this post!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      What a beautiful and truthful reply…thank you so much! It is true that we as Christians need to be bold in standing up for the Lord today, just as it was 2,000 years ago!

      Steve

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    Matthew Winters Ministries said:
    December 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    This is one of my favorite passages. Oh, how I need more boldness!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      December 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Boldness can wind us up in trouble at times. But it will help if we can find ways to be kind and respectful while we speak about what God and Jesus mean to us. Thank you for following my site as well, Matthew!

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    Constance A. Buckley said:
    December 22, 2016 at 5:01 am

    I’ve been praying more for boldness lately because I’ve lost some of the boldness I possessed in earlier years. Great post.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      December 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much. In today’s “PC” world, it is easy to feel our tongues have been “tied” a bit. It’s so easy to offend someone or some group.

      Just look for the opportunity to use any and all spiritual gifts you may have when you can. The Lord tells us in (1 Peter 3:15) to be ready to give a (respectful) answer for the hope which we have in Christ…

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Steve

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      Constance A. Buckley said:
      January 7, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Thank you.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      You are most welcome!

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    prinxy said:
    December 17, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Amen

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