Boldness Before Them

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. – (Acts 4:13-14)

 

Even the most skeptical Sadducees could not deny the truth when it was standing before them. With their own eyes, they had seen the man both before and after his healing. They heard the wise words spoken by men who had not the upbringing nor the schooling to speak in such a manner. The power of the living God dwelling in the hearts of the men, was irrefutable. Astonished and dumbstruck, they had nothing to say, and could not silence the boldness before them, as the power in the hearts of Peter and John was far greater than the futile attempt to silence the faithful from speaking the truth. In the heart of every believer, lies the same Spirit, with the same power to speak the truth. Christ will make us brave before all brethren, if only we choose to allow Him access to our whole heart, and place our trust completely in Him. May we invest our hearts and minds in the truth of God, so that we too, may be bold before all who draw near. Let us speak truth without fear, for far greater is He who is in us, than that which is in the world.

 

Ordinary men,IMG_0268

so faithful to Christ;

stood strong in the truth,

they did not think twice.

All trust in the Lord,

for they knew His strength;

were willing to risk,

their lives at great length.

Boldly the men spoke,

the truth about God;

they could not refute,

nor call them a fraud.

For they too had seen,

the clear evidence;

of Christ’s mighty hand,

awestruck reverence.

We too are the same,

with access to God;

He grants us boldness,

that fills us with awe.

Allow His Spirit,

to move in His might;

He shall grant all things,

to go and shine bright.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You make us brave. Thank You that You take ordinary people and do extraordinary things through us, if we are only willing and available unto You. Thank You that it is not by our own strength nor wisdom nor power, but anything good that we do for You, is by Your grace, equipped by Your Spirit in us. Forgive us for thinking that we do not have the proper training nor ability to go forth and do what You ask of us; for even the most learned among us would not be enough without You. Teach us to trust and rely on You completely in all things and at all times. Lead us to love others as You so completely love each of us. May many come to know the power present in a life lived with You. Let those who are looking, find and choose You. Be glorified, Lord God, as we trust Your Spirit within us to strengthen us to go forth with boldness. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Listen… be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

The Presence of His Power

Mere man is no match for the power of the living God. Three times in Matthew 22, the Pharisees and Sadducees, (the most educated minds of the day) attempted to trap Jesus with their questions. Each time an attempt was made, the people were amazed at the power and authority with which Jesus answered. Jesus knew their evil intent, and was able to expose it each time. “No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.” – (Matthew 22:46)

 

The power of God at work in Christ, granting wisdom and knowledge, power and strength, is available to all who believe. We too, have access to answers when challenged with difficult questions. When we seek Him, we will find Him, if we seek Him with all of our heart. Jesus was intentional to take time alone to be with the Father to pray. He modeled for us, what is needed to access the very same power that dwells within the hearts of all who have invited Him in. Christ is present and available, and willing to be our help and our hope.

 

The power of God,The Presence of His Power

is alive and free;

I need only ask,

it’s given to me.

Wisdom and knowledge,

power and the strength;

to withstand struggles,

and traverse great lengths.

Greater is the One,

whose dwelling in me;

than all who challenge,

cause adversity.

His presence is found,

as I choose to seek;

He is my true strength,

when I’m feeling weak.

All that is needed,

is found in the Lord;

there’s no other name,

my shield and my sword.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the very same power that was in Jesus that granted Him wisdom and power to face all who opposed Him, is alive and available to us. Thank You that we too, can move in wisdom and power as You have commissioned us, if we place our trust in You. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and help us to trust completely, in the mighty power that dwells within us. Make us strong to trust You as we move in faith, and help many come to know the fullness of a life lived in Your love. Let those who are looking, find You. May we honor You in all that we say and do, and may we move mightily in Your strength today. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

Obeying God First

In this increasingly “go with what feels good” culture, it is essential to not only be aware of what God deems right and wrong, but to also be in a close relationship with Him, so that we are able to hear His still small voice as He speaks to us, individually, about what is and is not permissible for us.  There are some things that the Bible clearly defines as right and wrong.  Yet there are other areas, that are a bit muddy.  These are the places where it is paramount to pursue Christ for answers, rather than just going with whatever society says is good.

Acts five conveys the story of Peter and the apostles being arrested and jailed, simply for speaking the truth of what they had witnessed through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ.  The Sadducees jealousy got the best of them, and they threw the men of faith in prison.  When brought to trial, the high priest asked them why they had gone against what they had been told (to stop teaching in His Name).  “Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!” – (Acts 5:29)

Though few of us face the fear of prison for sharing our faith, we do deal with social pressures to stay silent, and to go along with societal norms that directly disregard what God has spoken.  There is a delicate balance in loving others, yet speaking the truth in love.  We cannot go around shouting to people that they “must turn or burn“.  Rather, our charge is to live in such a way, that people are drawn unto us, and begin to ask questions as to why we are the way we are.  God will provide opportunities for truth to be told in His time.  He is tender and kind, and longs to draw people unto Himself.  May we be living examples of His love, and may we choose to obey God first, always.

In tune with You, Lord,Obeying God First

we shall hear the way;

to do as You ask,

to honor, obey.

We must truly seek,

to hear still small voice;

then choose to follow,

obedient choice.

Let not fear of men,

keep us from what’s true;

our final answer,

will be unto You.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we have access to mighty examples of those who have faithfully followed You.  Thank You too, that You do not expect us to do this on our own, but You provide us all that we need, through Your word, and Your Holy Spirit.  Forgive us for folding to social pressures, or for staying silent when we were meant to speak.  Teach us to hear Your voice clearly, so that we may be Your voice to those who know You not.  Let our lives lived in love, speak volumes to all who are around us.  May many come to know Your goodness and Your grace, as they enter into a personal place of seeking Your face.  Be magnified, our great and mighty King.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3

Trust in the Turmoil

Ananias called to strike,

image by My Biblical Guidance

image by My Biblical Guidance

the mouth of faithful Paul.

He said to him, “You’ll be struck,

by God, you white-washed wall!”

“Seated judging by the laws,

yet command me be struck?”

The people called back to him,

“he is the high priest, you schmuck.”

Paul recognized his error,

and quoted from God’s word,

“speak no evil of rulers,”

truth spoken, now was heard.

Paul knew the crowd divided,

with varying beliefs.

Pharisees and Sadducees,

dispute brought Paul relief.

The fight became so violent,

commander was afraid,

Paul’d be torn to pieces,

by troops way had to be made.

The next night in the barracks,

in guarded custody,

the Lord came and stood near Paul,

to uplift his ministry.

Those jealous Jews were schemers,

oath for murderous plot.

More than forty men involved,

Paul’s nephew, their plan caught.

He brought word to his uncle,

who took him at his word.

Boy then went to commander,

to tell what he had heard.

The evil plot prevented,

and Paul safely to Rome.

More leaders to hear God’s truth,

and Paul was going home. (sort of)

(Responding to Acts 23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You yet again, for fabulous examples of Your faithfulness, and the faithfulness that You placed in the hearts of those who believed.  Despite the chaos and crowds that had likely shaken Paul a bit the day prior, I imagine any trepidation or turmoil was torn away, when You came and stood beside him.  Forgive us for forgetting that the very same You that stood beside Paul, dwells in the heart of every one of us who believes!  Teach us to trust and realize the strength, power and protection that we have, that is provided in You.  Help our hearts to be ever-listening to hear Your voice, and our will, always ready to be obedient to act.  May many come to know You as Savior and King, as we walk in obedience, loving others as You love us.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Complete Confidence

Peter and John healed a man

soon the priests and temple guard ablaze.

Those fearful Sadducees,

thought they had crucified this craze.

Peter and John were seized,

and taken off to jail.

Despite their detention,

attempts to silence, were a fail.

Many who had heard that day,

found faith, trusted and believed.

Annas and his questions,

these events he could not conceive.

Full of the Holy Spirit,

image by Paths of ReTurn

image by Paths of ReTurn

Peter boldly replied,

“I act in Jesus’ Name,

the One you crucified.”

“God raised Him from the dead,

and brought Him back to life.

He is my Authority,

that no one can deny.”

Though ordinary men,

unschooled, untrained, yet here.

They stood in His authority,

and spoke without any fear.

They were told to teach no more,

but those boys, they replied,

“Judge for yourselves what’s right,

but our God won’t be denied.”

(Responding to Acts 4:1-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our reason to be brave and bold in the face of adversity.  Thank You that in Your Name, mountains can be moved and fears can be faced.  Forgive us for not trusting You completely, and lead us to learn how to have complete confidence in You in all things and at all times.  Teach us to trust You with our whole lives, and as we do, may we be used as Your vessels to deliver peace and hope to people who need to know You.  May many come to know Your nearness.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present