Although I’ve grown up in church and sat under some great teaching, and I was able to attend a couple of private Christian schools for a few grades, I have no formal Biblical training. I’m often amazed at some of the opportunities God has brought my way to share His word in some way with people and in some of the most unlikely places. Even this platform of Ladies on Life remains a humbling place for me to be in, knowing that it’s God’s grace that has led me here and allowed me to be a voice of encouragement. To God be the glory!
Recently while reading Acts chapter 4, I was reminded of this. In this passage, Peter and John were on trial. The very people who put them on trial were religious priests and leaders that knew the scriptures inside and out. What crimes had they committed? Did they steal, kill, and commit adultery? Why no, they had led 5,000 people to Christ and prayed for a man to be healed, and the man was healed. So why were they coming down so hard on them? For doing it all in the name of Jesus and for proclaiming that Jesus was the only way to salvation. Now I don’t know about you, but this is a baffling thing to me that folks that knew the scripture like the back of their hand would put these guys on trial for lifting up the very man all of this scripture had been written about.
I want to encourage you today to not let the world, or the moms in your mommy playgroup, or your longtime pals from high school, or your family, or anyone keep you from Jesus, or from proclaiming the power of Christ. I’m talking about proclamation not just with your words, but with your life. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to walk in His word and in His power, you just have to spend enough time with Him to let him change your heart to the point that your life has no choice but to show the evidence of His power. You spend enough time with Jesus, and the world will marvel and realize, you’ve been with Jesus.
“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)
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