Topic: The Fullness Of The Holy Spirit Produces Proclamation Of the Gospel
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 4:31 (NIV) ― 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 4:31 (NLT) ― 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31 (MSG) ― 31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
Looking at the lives of the first disciples in the Book of Acts one can clearly see the successful way they preached the word of God with great power and courage. It was as a direct result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon their lives. This was the secret of their effectiveness in the proclamation of the gospel! Words were not only proclaimed but the power of the Holy Spirit accompanied the preaching of the gospel! In 1 Thessalonians 1:5, it states “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
The Holy Spirit impulsed the disciples to go out everywhere, such as the villages and communities to preach the gospel with authority and courage. They did not fear persecution or opposition they might face, because the anointing of the Holy Spirit was with them! Many miracles and wonders followed the proclamation of the message as Hebrews 2:4 says, “ God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” They had the Holy Spirit working together with them when they preached the Word, the results were signs, miracles and wonders!
How we need the Holy Spirit today! As we read this, our eyes should open and see the great power that manifests when one preaches the Word with the power and the infilling of the Holy Spirit upon our lives. I think this is what we urgently need this morning. Today men and women saturated by the Spirit are sought for, to proclaim the message of spiritual power and authority! It is not enough just to proclaim and preach the gospel, we need the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of the listeners. In conclusion remember what Mark 16:20 tells us, ” And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.” Amen.
Acts 4:8 (NKJV) ― 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
Acts 6:10 (NKJV) ― 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NKJV) ― 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
1 Peter 1:12 (NKJV) ― 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to usthey were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.
Mark 16:20 (NKJV) ― 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Acts 10:44 (NKJV) ― 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
Hebrews 2:4 (NKJV) ― 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
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