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July 1

Arrows of the Almighty



React With Boldness
Acts 4:25-28 "Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, 'Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.' For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done."

     We read in Acts 3 that Peter and John had gone up to the Temple for prayer and there they saw a man who was lame from birth, and were moved to heal him in the name of Jesus. Acts 4:3 says that immediately the religious leaders laid hands on them and kept them imprisoned for a day. The following day, with boldness, they declared this miracle was done in the name of Jesus. I love what the "religious" leaders said next --- "they perceived that they were unlearned men and they marveled at their boldness!" Why were they so bold? They had been with Jesus, and the leaders took note of that!

     It is no surprise that the world rages against the Messiah. Psalm 2:1-3 declares it clearly. Peter and John quoted it. Every year there are tens of thousands of believers suffering and dying for their faith, in large part because the kings and the rulers of the earth rage against the Lord and His Anointed. As followers of the King, we should expect this and be prepared for it when it comes.
     My dear believer, the examples of Peter and John, and every other true Christian martyr are there to inspire and encourage us that if and when the time of persecution comes for us, we too can be bold as a lion. This boldness comes not from any mere human bravery, but is an unction from the Holy Spirit Himself. So, though the kings of the earth rage, our simple faith and Holy Spirit boldness will testify that we too have been with Jesus!










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