Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Acts 4:13-22 (NKJV)
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.” 18So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
Threat is an act of creating fear in the mind of people in order to prevent them from doing what they believe they are capable of doing. Threat has been a strong weapon in the hand of Satan used against the children of God to prevent them from fulfilling purpose for God. Many who should have been counted as heroes in life and ministry have ended as trash in the hand of the devil. They were trapped by the threat from the kingdom of darkness. Having seen the undeniable miracle wrought through Peter and John, in order to prevent the further spread of the good news, they were summoned, queried, punished and threatened by the council not to preach in the name of Jesus. The Apostles knew that this was nothing but a vain threat from the pit of hell, they prayed quoting Psalm 2: 1 “Why do the nations conspire, and the people plot a vain thing?” They jettisoned the threat and with more passion continued witnessing in the name that is above every other name.
This is the time that Christians should stand against the threat of enemies of the gospel and spread the good news about the second coming of Christ. The spirit He gives us is not of timidity but of power and love (II Tim. 1: 7). Endeavour to witness to at least a soul for Christ per day.
Prayer: God of power and might, rebuke every spirit of fear, and stir up Your spirit in me for soul winning in Jesus’ name. Amen.