“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
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.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” – Acts 4:24- 29
For the pass weeks, we have been tackling being fearless for God. Knowing that who should fear God rather than men, one might ask what shall we do then. You might have been in the situation that fear grips you because of what men can do to you because of being a Christian. But by grounding ourselves on the truth’s found in God’s Word, we see the light of hope for everyone to be bold for God.
We read in Acts 4 that Peter and the other apostles faced their enemy. They were arrested, tried and threatened. Nevertheless, they came out victorious because their allegiance to God is much stronger. How did they react after coming to that incident is vital for us to see and apply to our lives. Here are three things a Christian must consider:
1.) They praised God – “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” Acts 4:24. Instead of being sorry for themselves of the what happen, they gather together and praise God. What will you do if you face trials concerning your faith? Let’s imitate what the disciples did. Praise God no matter what.
2.) They acknowledge God’s sovereignty of the matter – “For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” Acts 4:28. These believers are “Calvinist”. They are aware that God’s purpose will still stand as the dust of human threats fades. Whatever happens to them it is for their benefit and God’s might hand is in it. In this hostile world, expect people who will put you down. But take heed, God is in every twist and turns of your Christian life.
3.) Never give up – “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” Acts 4: 29. Because of the power of God shown to these followers of Christ, they ask for more boldness to stand up for the truth that people need to know. Please do not give up because God is in the business to fuel us up to go further for His glory.
Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something introvert who’s passion is to proclaim the good news about God. He wears many hats but he is just an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God. You can reach him at his Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.