Brave, bold and daring. These words are often used to describe someone who is courageous. In the Book of Acts Peter went from the cowardly man who denied Jesus three times to the bold preacher declaring to the Jewish High Court that salvation can be found in no one else but Jesus Christ. In week three of Erica Wiggenhorn’s study, An Unexplainable Life, I was challenged to take courage and be a bold witness for Christ from Acts 3 and 4.
In Acts 4:11 Peter speaks of Jesus as being the chief cornerstone. Erica shares a tale of the Jewish people that happened when they were building Solomon’s temple. It was believed the stones used for the temple were all the same size but they came across a stone that was a different size. They thought it wasn’t needed so they threw it into the Kidron Valley. As construction neared completion, they requested the chief cornerstone to be sent only to be told it had already been received. One man remembered the stone they had discarded. They returned to Kidron Valley and found the stone they had rejected. It fit perfectly as the cornerstone.
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. -Acts 4:31
They prayed for boldness (Acts 4:29) and God answered their prayer through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Erica writes:
These early believers were much more concerned about Jesus’ name being exalted and the message of salvation spreading than they were with having their individual needs met.
I pray that would be so for me. I want to be a woman of courage that is filled with the Spirit and cannot stop speaking of all the Lord has done for me.
Week One: Living an Unexplainable Life
Week Two: Unexplainable Change