Scripture Reading: Acts 4:1-13
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Scripture Quote: But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:19-20 NIV)
Peter and John were on trial for preaching a sermon about Jesus and for performing miracles in His name - This was considered a crime. Faced with the hatred of the powerful elders and the knowledgeable scribes, these simple men were emboldened with incredible courage. Peter and John were simple fisherman. The rulers and elders came with their knowledge and power expecting to confuse and intimidate the apostles. However, Peter courageously told them that it was by the name of Jesus, whom they had crucified, that they preached and healed.
Jesus used simple people with no outstanding accomplishments to be his ambassadors of instruction and spokesmen of His Gospel. He used a poor widow's meager offering of two small coins as a model of a sacrificial gift. Christ said that she had given more than most others. She gave all that she had out of devotion to God. We are also meant to speak up for the truth of His Gospel. Some of us are highly educated, some not so much, but our position in this world is irrelevant - Christians are not eloquent speakers or heroes, but simply saved sinners meant to spread His truth in love.
Today’s meditation: Tell God’s truth to whoever will listen.
Memory Verse: For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (Luke 21:15 NIV)
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