God’s Acts in His people…
Acts 4, The Message
One Heart, One Mind
23-26 As soon as Peter and John were let go, they went to their friends and told them what the high priests and religious leaders had said. Hearing the report, they lifted their voices in a wonderful harmony in prayer: “Strong God, you made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. By the Holy Spirit you spoke through the mouth of your servant and our father, David:
Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?
Earth’s leaders push for position,
Potentates meet for summit talks,
The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers!
27-28 “For in fact they did meet—Herod and Pontius Pilate with nations and peoples, even Israel itself!—met in this very city to plot against your holy Son Jesus, the One you made Messiah, to carry out the plans you long ago set in motion.
29-30 “And now they’re at it again! Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching your Message, as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.
32-33 The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.
Could this be happening today? Jailed for your faith in Jesus Christ, persecuted and harangued for following His teaching? YES, blatantly so in other countries and subtly in our country. And the persecuted church grows daily in number….Mm.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word prepares us for more to come. We take courage in knowing You have already won all battles with evil. We are more than conquerors, Paul says because of You. You give us hope in this world, for it is You alone we trust. Continue to be with us. Fill US to overflow with Your Holy Spirit that gives us our confidence to keep going with what we believe and to keep following You no matter what. In Jesus Name, Amen.