Acts 4:18-22 (NIV)
… they called them in … and commanded them not to speak or teach at all
in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in
God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him? .. As for us, we cannot help
speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they
let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the
people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was
miraculously healed was over forty years old.
believe that by the power of the Spirit, you and I are empowered to
experience even more glorious testimonies than the believers of the
early church did. I believe that no matter the threats, persecution and
oppositions that we will face, nothing and no one will be able to stop
us from standing for God, witnessing for Christ and carrying out God's
will in our respective fields and spheres of influence. I believe that
there are going to be plentiful and greater signs and wonders performed
both in our lives and through our lives that people will not be able to
ignore. In Acts 1:3, the Bible says that Jesus showed His disciples many
infallible proofs that He was alive. Your life will also be filled with
infallible and undeniable proof that Jesus is alive and at work in you.
In our text above, you will see that one major thing that made the early
believers experience all this was their real and personal experience of
Jesus. Because of the things they had seen and heard, they had great
boldness and results and they were simply unstoppable. Now, the Holy
Spirit played a very great role in this because remember, this was the
very same Peter that blatantly denied Jesus three times before receiving
the Holy Spirit. Child of God, that same Holy Spirit lives in you right
now. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as another comforter, i.e., that
He is someone just like Him, John 14:16-17. You are empowered to know
Jesus and to have even greater testimonies than the disciples of Jesus.
PRAYER FOCUS: Pray in the Spirit right now and declare that by the
Spirit, you know God more and you have great testimonies.