‘Courage & the Holy Spirit’ 

Peter and John were brought to the temple rulers regarding the healing…

Acts 4:8-10

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”

After a night in custody, Peter was ‘prepared to make a defense to anyone who called him to account for the hope that is in you’. (I Peter 3:15) 

There was no sign of the former Peter who would state three different times after the arrest of Jesus, ‘I don’t know the man.’ (Matthew 26:72)

This was a different Peter who was now filled with the Spirit of God. (Acts 2:4) 

Yes, he was an eyewitness of a crucified and raised Jesus – as he clearly declares to the rulers. But he was also ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ and it was God’s Spirit that gave him this new ‘spiritual courage’. 

Like Peter, I also have God’s Holy Spirit within me…

Ephesians 1:13

“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…


Thank you Father for the Holy Spirit. I pray that like Peter, I would be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit so as to be a  courageous witness for Jesus today and every day. In His Great Name, Amen!

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