DAY 3 – The Three C’s: Courage. Confidence. Character.
READ: Acts 3: 1-2, 7-8 and Acts 4: 1-4, 12, 18-20, 31-32
When the two apostles, Peter and John, heal a man, the Jewish leaders are furious. Not only that, their new message and new way of thinking aren’t welcomed either. So, the religious folk throw the two into jail and demand that they stop what they are doing and be quiet! But it didn’t work. That only encouraged the disciples and fueled their internal fires.
How Does that apply to me?
Sometimes, our greatest opponents to reaching the lost can be the “religious” people of our day. In their minds, they know what is righteous and what isn’t. But God tends to do things outside the box. Just like He did with Peter and John, and the new church. They were breaking “rules” and “traditions” right and left and the old guard would have none of it.
It takes courage to do what you know is right when it seems all others are against you. It requires confidence to continue the mission when you are questioned. And, it takes character to carry it out-and see it through. God will provide you with opportunities to share the Gospel and show His power. Those moments might feel scary or unusual to you. Be ready. And don’t be surprised when opposition comes. Be determined to handle the trials and testings with courage and prayer. Let them stoke the fire within you to continue the mission.
Acts 4:4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.