February 17, 2016

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lameand are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:8-12

What would you risk for love? Our immediate response screams, “everything,” but in reality there are only a few things we would truly risk it all for. But for the disciples, the love they had for Jesus filled them with the courage and conviction to conquer any fears they had in proclaiming the name of Jesus to those around them. Jesus had captivated their hearts, so instead of living inhibited by fear, they were emboldened with faith. What about Christians today? Unfortunately, we are often strong in our gatherings but weak in our scatterings. We find it easy to sing songs of love to God on Sundays, but when Monday comes, we whisper short refrains under our breath rather than shouting the Gospel that has the power to save those around us from the rooftops. Whatever you are shouting about, you are passionate about. Will you allow the Holy Spirit to captivate you in such a way that Jesus is reflected in your actions and attitudes?

Pray for boldness in your faith this week!

  • Praise God for His authority, His grace, and His unconditional love.
  • Repent for any indifference or lack of passion in sharing the Gospel.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to captivate you in such a way as to reflect Jesus in all you do.
  • Yield to the Spirit’s power and obey!

Jacqueline Heider
Director of Women’s Ministry, Prayer, & Resource Specialist