God is speaking. He is moving. Will I keep quiet about what I have seen and heard? Will I speak out? I get to choose.
God had used Peter and John to heal a lame man. The story is stunning. They were arrested for it.
After spending the night in jail, they were bold beyond belief. They drew the line in the sand with the religious leaders.
Do we listen to the religious elites or to God? They chose God.
May I not keep quiet about what I see God doing.
God’s goal for me is to go BIG and be bold. Bold in God!
So they called for them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Acts 4:18–20). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
God gives strength to his people. He enables them to be courageous through his gift of faith. God proves himself faithful to his promises and enables his people to trust him in everyday life.
Can I act bravely under difficulties or in the face of opposition? Am i prepared to do dangerous or risky things in obedience to God? Do I believe that Jesus will strengthen, guard and protect me?
Nathan is willing to stand up to David, the King of Israel. God told him to and he did. Am I willing to stand up to the powerful? John did the same with Herod. He ended up headless and dead. John was willing to die for God. Consider also Azariah, Moses and Noah. All had amazing courage from Jesus our Master.
- 2 Samuel 12:7–9 — 7 Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Master God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 ‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! 9 ‘Why have you despised the word of the Master by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
- 2 Chronicles 26:16–18 — 16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Master his God, for he entered the temple of the Master to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the Master, valiant men. 18 They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Master, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the Master”
- Mark 6:18 — 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
- Hebrews 11:7 — 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
- Hebrews 11:24–27 — 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of the Messiah greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.