Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day five)
When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” It was a new circumstance and experience- the first persecution of Jesus’ followers. Peter and John found themselves questioned and comfronted by a who’s who of leaders and elders. Were they scared? Were they anxious? Were they intimidated? It would seem natural. But there was a supernatural response. They were calm and courageous. They were faithful. Jesus’ words must have been in their hearts and minds. “and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them. The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.” Mark 13.
When we face difficult situations and circumstances we must remember and trust the words and promises of the Lord. We must be faithful.