Are You Feeling Threatened?
Are you in an intimidating situation? If so, notice four things the disciples did when they felt threatened by the religious authorities of their day.
(1) They brought God into the picture. ‘Lord, take note of their threats.’ (Acts 4:29 NASB) Have you talked to the Lord about it? If it’s not big enough to be a prayer, it’s too small to be a burden! God should be the first person you discuss it with, not the last. Prayer is the door through which He enters your situation, so be sure you invite Him in.
(2) They prayed for greater faith. They asked to ‘speak Your word with all confidence.’ (Acts 4:29 NASB) It’s unrealistic to think all your questions will be answered and all your fears will disappear. Faith and fear will always be at work in your life. To be an overcomer, you must learn to starve your fear and feed your faith on God’s Word (see Romans 10:17).
(3) They expected God to intervene. ‘Stretch out your hand.’ (Acts 4:30 NIV) Don’t just sit in the seat of ‘do-nothing’ and expect God to move. Go on the offensive. When the disciples were in a storm the Bible says, ‘About four o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water!’ (Matthew 14:25 TLB) Jesus works the night shift! He’s available any time you call.
(4) They were filled with the Holy Spirit. ‘When they had prayed… they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 4:31 NASB) There’s the key! They were strengthened and energised by God’s power—you can be too.