Power And Supernatural Boldness

28th April

They bought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people……let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that He was healed by the powerful Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.””

Acts 4:7-8,10

Yesterday we discussed what it means to have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus in His last words. On that wonderful day, on the day of Pentecost, almost 2000 years, God in His grace poured out His Spirit on the disciples gathered in prayer, and filled them with more of His presence, equipped them with Spiritual gifts, empowered them with ability to share Jesus with others, and the ability to have a deeper and closer walk with God. It is from that meeting, that the ‘church’ was birthed and from the ‘church’ missionaries were raised up to send the Gospel worldwide, a move which is still in action today.

Yet one of the most significant changes, after being filled and equipped by the Holy Spirit, is the change in the life of Peter. Before the gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter was like any other man. He bitterly denied Jesus three times, and after Jesus’ death returned to fishing, as if almost abandoning the commission Jesus had given him. Yet what is incredible, is that change that took place in Peter after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Firstly in Acts 2 verse 14, we read that “..Peter stepped forward … and shouted to the crowds…” proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, then again in Acts 2 verse 40 .. . “Peter continued preaching strongly for a long time..”, and in many other places, including in today’s passage. This is the same man who was so scared of the Pharisees that he completely denied even knowing Jesus.

When we are equipped with the right tools to share Jesus with others, our insecurities leave, and our weakness are made strong in Christ. May we all be filled with more of the Holy Spirit, daily, to preach Jesus with boldness and without fear!

The Holy Spirit

27th April

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Jesus’ last words before He was taken up to Heaven, still stand as the most world changing words in the Bible. Of course John 3:16 is probably the most famous of Jesus’ words, and what wonderful words they are. Yet Jesus’ last words in Acts 1:8, are a constant reminder that it is not by our own might, strength or power that we can share Jesus with others, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

The Holy Spirit’s work in sharing the Good News to others, first starts in our hearts. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:10 that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals and “shows us God’s deep secrets”. God’s secrets are not hidden or unattainable things, but truth that God reveals through the Holy Spirit to those searching and seeking after Him. Jesus says of the Holy Spirit, in John 16:8 that “..when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgement.” The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, almost like a holy alarm bell in our hearts, and then shows us Jesus, the One who can heal and forgive our sins because of what He did on the cross. Jesus adds in verse 13 that, “when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you (us) into all truth..” The truth is that we need to be saved by a Saviour, and that Saviour is Jesus Christ.

It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can know fully what Jesus did on the cross and by His power we can share that truth with others. Praise the Lord.