But that it spreads no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. Acts 4:17
There are people who live relatively free from persecution even though they may have experienced some mockery, ridicule or ostracism because of their beliefs. One thing we must never do is to fear punishment or death, although some Christians elsewhere in the world are killed for their faith. From the scriptural text, we noticed that Peter and John were threatened for proclaiming the gospel, but here is their response in Acts 4:20; "Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than Him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard". (NLT)
Our goal as believers is to become unshakable in our faith. Peter and John didn't flinch from their responsibility to proclaim salvation in Jesus name even in the face of imprisonment and threats. Yet, in reading this account, we may wonder how we could ever endure persecution and not give up. The truth is that by ourselves we can't do it, but we are never alone. When we stand for our convictions, the Holy Spirit is always there to give us the physical, spiritual, mental and moral strength to stand firm when we are tested and tried. Refuse to be afraid. In that office stand for righteousness, in that organization, school, in your family, stand for truth. No matter the persecution and threats, never compromise your faith. The Lord will empower you today to stand for that which is upright in Jesus name.
FURTHER STUDIES: Esther 1:5, Luke 12:11-12
1. Oh Lord thank you for the comforter which you have sent to comfort me in times of trial and difficulties.
2. Help me Lord with inner strength to always hold unto that which is right in your sight in Jesus name Amen.
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