Power of the Spirit

Jane Douglass White

READ : Acts 4:1-20

 

Why was Peter so afraid when he was in the courtyard after Jesus’ arrest, yet so bold when he himself was arrested? Verse 8 gives the answer: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said . . . .” Jesus had promised that when He left them, a “helper” would come to them. That “helper” was the Holy Spirit, giving Peter courage to be bold in his choices instead of fearful.

Also, Peter was not alone. John, his companion, was a man of strong faith. It is comforting to know that you have a trustworthy friend with you when trouble comes.

When we are wishy-washy in our faith, not certain what we believe, Satan is looking for our weak points. That is why it is so important that we spend time in prayer, asking God to send the Spirit to teach us, convict us, and comfort us in times of trial. It is also important that we join with others in Bible study, for it is in such a fellowship that we can grow in our faith. When we are filled with the Spirit, He lets us see and know Jesus. I heard Corrie Ten Boom say, “Look within, be depressed. Look without, be distressed. Look at Jesus, be at rest.”

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, fill me with God’s love, that Jesus may be reflected in my life. In His precious name. Amen.