Topic: The Church of Acts Gives Testimony of Transformed Lives
Series of the Book Of Acts
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 30-32
Acts 4:13 (NIV) — 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 (MSG) — 13 They couldn’t take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education.
Acts 4:13 (NLT) — 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
Thoughts of Devotion:
The Book of Acts testifies of many lives that were changed radically. We clearly see the complete transformation of the disciples of Jesus, weak and fearful men full of power and boldness. From being men that prior to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon their lives, refused and fled from the threat of the people, now we see them boldly witnessing the resurrection of Jesus Christ! In Matthew 26:75 we read, “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.” What a sad image of the disciple Peter, a man who came to the lowest point by denying Jesus, a man in utter defeat and disappointment!
But what a transformation of the Apostle Peter after being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. He changed into another man, from being weak and a failure, to another Peter full of authority and spiritual power. Even in Acts 5:15 it tells us that his very shadow healed the sick, “so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.” Peter leaves us a testimony of hope for those who need to be transformed into believers that are passionate about Jesus, people filled with the power from on high!
Today we are called to experience the power of a transformed life. Perhaps we have lost the passion for Jesus and his mission. We may be disheartened because we failed God in our spiritual walk. This morning God wants to transform us through the power of the Holy Spirit. You do not need to walk in defeat, failing to fulfill God’s purpose in your live. God’s promise is that we will be filled with the power from on high, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”(Luke 24:49). It’s possible to be different, it is possible to walk in victory from triumph to triumph, but this will only be through the work of the Holy Spirit upon our lives!
Matthew 11:25 (NKJV) — 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
Acts 4:19 (NKJV) —19 But 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.
1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV) — 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Acts 9:29 (NKJV) — 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
Acts 14:3 (NKJV) — 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 12:5 (NKJV) — 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
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