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Raising Our Voice

September 6, 2016

"Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd.  'Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.'"  Acts 2:14 (NIV)

Just a little more than a month earlier, the disciple Peter was afraid to acknowledge that he knew Jesus in front of a young girl while Jesus was being tried before the Jewish leadership, the early morning of His crucifixion.   In fact, he had denied he knew Jesus three times and did it with a promise.  How does one come back from such a failure?  First, by the grace and forgiveness of God offered in the person of His Son, Jesus.  Second, after repenting (coming back to following Jesus instead of following self), we must obey Jesus as revealed in the Bible.  In this case, Jesus had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Power of the Holy Spirit.  And that is what Peter did. As we already learned, the Disciples were all filled, and a Holy boldness came over all of them, and they began to speak and share the gospel in different tongues with the crowd gathered.  The people in the crowd heard the gospel in their own languages, which was evidence that it was not the Disciples speaking, but God's Spirit through them.  That isn't the only remarkable thing that happened.  Peter, who was a coward weeks just before, was now bold, and courageous.  In fact, it says Peter stood up!  He didn't shrink back, but raised his voice!  This is the evidence of one who has been filled with the Spirit.  Fear is replaced with confidence in our relationship with Jesus, and shame is replaced with boldness!  How about you?  Are you afraid?  Are you ashamed when Jesus is introduced into a conversation or situation?  Do you desire to be "unashamed?"  Then ask Jesus to fill you with Holy Spirit like Peter and the other disciples, and you will not only stand up and be counted as one of His Disciples, but you will raise your voice so others can know Him too!

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