Daily devotion

The Challenge Of Authority

May 27

Acts 4:13-22

Peter and John stood before the Sanhedrin Council and boldly spoke that ‘ there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be save.’ After they heard this statement, they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Because Peter and John spoke plainly and boldly. They had the confidence of salvation. We need to come to God with confidence. In Heb 4:16 it is written,” Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of Grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

It may be seen in many places, in rural churches, the ministers preaches with authority though they are not trained in seminary. It is not our skill of  speech that accomplishes kingdom work. It is the Lord’s voice to be heard in our speaking. This helps explain why the Lord will often use someone who seems to be so ill equipped. Peter writes, “Whoever speak, is to do as one who is speaking the utterances of God” I Pet 4:11.

When the council member saw the lame man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. The council was left without defense and was backed into a corner. All they could do at present was make threats.

Written by P. Samal, India