With Power and Boldness
By Gary Anderson | 4/7/2020

Acts 2:36–37 (NLT)
36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” 
37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Peter’s words were so powerfully delivered on that day of Pentecost, that 3000 people received Christ as Lord and Savior. What a gift it is to be used by God to see lives changed around us. 

What makes that possible, that our words can be so influential, so persuasive that people take notice and desire to be changed or to know more? It’s obvious from the previous 35 verses in Acts 2, that the Holy Spirit was at work—empowering Peter’s words and causing all obstacles to fall away so that the Gospel message could be heard clearly. 

That day, God overcame a language barrier, a cultural barrier, and a religious barrier for people to all hear the true message about Christ. That day, God promised His Holy Spirit to those present who believed, and to their children’s children. That day, He was empowering believers and promising that future generations would also proclaim “with power and boldness,” the name of Jesus.

What about today, when we share the Lord with others around us? What about when we don’t see people take notice of what we’ve said? We can know that when we share the Lord with others, God is at work in that. We may not always see the same results as what happened to the Apostle Peter. But, we certainly have seen such movements of God at crusades, concerts, and festivals. 

God says in Isaiah 55:11
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 
It will not return to me empty, 
but will accomplish what I desire 
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

When we share the Lord with others, God is right there with us allowing that to accomplish what He desires.



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