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The Days after Pentecost - 5
 
The church in Jerusalem faced opposition to its message for the first time. Peter and John had been arrested by the Jewish leaders because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead”. They spent the night in jail. No phone calls, no lawyers, no bail, no angels, no visible help at all. Just the Holy Spirit living inside them. Let’s see how they respond to this test.
 
“The next day the rulers, elders, and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: ‘By what power or what name did you do this?’
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ‘Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone”.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.’
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. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.”
(Acts 4:5-14)
 
The presence and power of the Holy Spirit cannot be over-stated. Since Pentecost, He had been in complete control. Whenever Peter and John spoke, it was by His power. They were “filled with the Holy Spirit” each time. They did not need sermon notes or a script. He was better than a “teleprompter” and He made no mistakes.
 
Jesus had warned the disciples this time would come. He also told them what would happen and how to respond –
 
“Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time, you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:17-20)
 
We can be sure that the words of Jesus are true. It happened just as He said it would, and it continues to this day in many parts of the world. America has been blessed with freedom from persecution, but we are beginning to see the end of that freedom.
 
The Bible has mostly been removed from our society. Freedom of Religion is now being interpreted as Freedom from Religion and believers are being told not to talk about God or Jesus.
 
Freedom of speech is under attack. “Hate speech” is the new term and may be applied to just about anything, including speaking the truth of God’s word. But speak the truth we must, no matter the consequences, following the example of Peter and John.
 
We also see that Jesus said His disciples would be arrested and beaten so they can be witnesses. One of the ways God spreads His word is through the persecution of the saints. Even the persecutors get to hear the gospel.
 
God has a plan and purpose for everything. If His plan should involve persecution for us, we know He will still be in charge. We need only to stand firm, speak the truth, and trust Him to do what He said He would do.
   

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You are invited to have a personal relationship with God, your Creator!

To have a personal relationship with God, you must become a follower of Jesus. There is no other way. This decision must be a personal commitment from the heart. No one else can decide for you. This is the most important decision you will make in this life.  Here are the steps to become a child of God and experience His love and all of His blessings today:

Know that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
and whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
(I John 3:1)

    
Admit that you have sinned against God.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away... there is no one who does good,
not even one. (Romans 3:10-12)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)


    Believe and Receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.
(Acts 16:30-31)
 
But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God. (John
1:12)
  
Pray this prayer of commitment:
     Lord Jesus, I know that you love me. I admit that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.
I choose to believe that You died to forgive me and to follow you.
Right now, I receive you as my Savior and Lord, and ask you to come into my life forever. 
Thank you for hearing my prayer and giving me eternal life today.
      Amen
 
Declare your faith and let others know you have decided to follow Jesus
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
  
Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord is the most important thing you can ever do.
We would like to help you learn more if you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior. 
Send us an email so that we may send you some helpful literature.
This will help you begin your new life in Christ and you will be taking the next step of declaring your faith to others.
Please tell us about your new faith in Jesus today!

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Do You Have NO TIME?

Symptoms:
  Those who are over worked, too busy, or have too much to do today: including dads and moms,
professionals and blue collar, rich and poor, and all others who fit this description.

 The Prescription:
Read one Devotional daily as long as you have NO TIME

Directions for Use:
Use only when you have NO TIME for your daily devotional.

Warning:
Reading this devotional may be helpful to your spiritual growth.
You may develop a thirst for God's Word and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Common side effects are humility, honesty, obedience, joy, and thankfulness.
Some people experience less stress and more peace, which will definitely contribute to their emotional stability.
In some cases, people have become addicted to reading every day.
Do not read for more than seven days straight, unless you experience the symptoms above,
in which case you should consult with God, the Great Physician, immediately.
He will be very pleased to hear from you.
You may have a strong desire to worship Him with praise and glory.
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