God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 4

THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IS THE POWER YOU NEED

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.  And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.  (Acts 4:13)

In the span of just two months, the disciples of Jesus had gone from being men who fled in fear at the first sign of trouble and denied knowing Him at all, to being men who stood up with courage to the very people who sent their Savior to the cross.

From cowards to courageous witnesses, it was a remarkable transformation and even the Jewish leaders could see the source of the change–they had been with Jesus.  It wasn’t time or training that made the difference, it was a transfer of His power because of His presence.

You may not have all the credentials the world says you need to do great things for God.  You may not think you’re qualified for the dream to which He has called you.  You may feel weak and afraid and unable to do what you know He has sent you to do.

The Good News is that there is a simple solution!  Spend time with Jesus, seeking Him, praising Him, praying to Him, and you will find that things will change in your heart.  You will discover strength and peace that you didn’t have before as you set your hope on this simple truth: the presence of Jesus is the power you need.

-Pastor Phillip


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