New Testament In a Year: June 18 – Acts 4:23-37

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Acts 4:23-37
(23-31) The Believers Pray for Boldness
The threat that Peter and John received from the high-priestly family did not fill them with fear. Instead, it caused them to pray to God and ask Him to give them boldness to continue to speak His Word. If the Holy Spirit is in our lives, opposition will not cause us to shrink back or become silent. The Holy Spirit will lead us to speak and live out God’s Word with boldness. The perfect love of God and the power of His Spirit should cast out all fear in the lives of those who believe in Him.

(32-37) They Had Everything in Common
Jesus the Christ once told His disciples that they would always have the poor with them. I wonder if this would be the case if all Christians today acted as the early believers did and were united as one, giving of their possessions selflessly until there was not one needy person among us. Having Christ in our hearts and the Holy Spirit at work in our lives should influence how we give and why we give. It should change how we live our lives and how we treat others. The love of God should unite us with other believers, not divide us. We should be one.

Favorite verse: (29) And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.

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