CONTINUE TO TESTIFY
THURSDAY 06 APRIL 2023
According to the book of Acts chapter 4, the believers had everything in common; so they prayed for boldness in order to continue to speak the Word with all diligence and perseverance.
Reference: Acts 4:33 New International Version (NIV) "With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all."
When the believers had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, who empowered them to speak the Word of God with boldness. With such great courage, confidence and the power of the Holy Spirit, the apostles testified about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
When Peter preached to the crowd, he bore the same witness in Acts 2:23 saying, "This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him" (NIV). Beloved, all the apostles bore faithful witness to the truth that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected from the dead by God Himself. Regardless of the pressure, opposition and resistance from worldly power and forces in their day, they continued to prevail as godly and truthful witnesses, by virtue of the power of God's Spirit.
The resurrection of Christ is not a false testimony but there are many people out there who do not still believe in it, especially the hardened unbelievers, who are helplessly bound in the state of darkness, and function as children of the night. They are unconcerned about accepting this truth and are willing to continue with their disbelief, and most times, they get displeased at every admonition and explanation given them to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. But as we pray for their salvation, the Spirit of God can engage the inward and spiritual sphere of their inner man, such that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ will shine in their hearts, through the theatre of divine power, and then the strong demonstration of the might of Christ's redeeming love will convince them of this truth.
Indeed, Christ is risen and salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12 NIV). As we are about to celebrate His death and resurrection this very week and season, I urge you to sincerely give your heart and life to Jesus Christ and make Him your Saviour and Lord, if you are yet to do so. Remember this: The salvation of God's free grace in Christ is always available to all and sundry, but the truth is that here on earth, everyone has a limited life span; so do not waste that opportunity. Heaven is real, as well as hell, and no one will make heaven by mistake, by accident, or by human connection. You must be prepared first, by giving your life to resurrected Christ. And you can do this right now by declaring the prayer of salvation below. God bless you for making such a life-changing decision today. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Matthew 1:21; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 3:15; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:30; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 10:42.
Guided Prayer: I acknowledge today that God demonstrated His unconditional love for me in this: While living without Christ, He sent Him ahead of time to die for me. Therefore I renounce the nature of sin and I accept Jesus as my Saviour. I believe and confess with all my heart that Jesus is the Son of the true living God, who died for me and was raised from the dead on the third day by God. I affirm that Jesus is risen and He's alive forever. I accept Him into my heart and I declare His Lordship over my life forever. I'm now born again as a new creation. I have eternal life: my present-moment reality. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me and taking full charge of my life, as my Lord. GLORY TO GOD!