1/29/2018 – Holy Spirit Boldness – Pr. Jerri Dizol

Scripture:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves. – Acts 4:13-14

Observation:
The council members wanted so much to deny and reject the truth. They could not believe what their eyes saw and what their ears heard. And yet, they still refused to accept that the Holy Spirit’s power was present in both Peter and John. They also weren’t willing to give in and accept that Jesus was the Savior of the world.

People today are just like these council members. They see changed lives, they hear of miraculous healing’s in others, they even ask for prayer for themselves or family members, but yet they still won’t concede to the fact that Jesus is the one they need.

Our focus should be on the only one who holds the key to having eternal life. There is no other name, than the name of Jesus.

Application:
It isn’t always easy to talk with someone who is an unbeliever of Christ. They seem to have a ton of reasons as to why they don’t want to believe in him. And a lot of it is because of a misunderstanding of who He is. However, when we have the boldness like Peter and John, people cannot help but listen and be intrigued by what we say. The Holy Spirit is our gift from the Lord, and He will give us every word to say and every ounce of confidence to stand before the unbeliever.

I have personally experienced this kind of rejection. And it was NOT easy! No matter what I said (when I had an open door to speak), or what they saw in me, there was no changing of their minds. They were too much into what they thought was enough for them, even though their relationships were deeply hurt by the past. And this hurt me because I knew what they could benefit if they surrendered their lives to Jesus. They knew who he was, but didn’t desire a relationship with Him. I continue to pray that one day, they will realize the freedom they could have with Jesus.

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for every opportunity you give for me to share about you. I pray that each opportunity I have, I only become bolder and stronger in you. I continue to pray for my friends who don’t yet know you. Thank you for your word today and for your unconditional love for me.

In Jesus Name, Amen