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Living My Best Life Day 5

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Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

Devotional:  The gavel is struck; the courtroom comes to order.  The judge instructs the attorney to call his first witness.  The witness swears to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.”  And then the attorneys begin to question the witness concerning what he or she knows about the case being brought before the judge, in hopes that they may shed some light to the situation.

We are all somewhat familiar to this courtroom scene. But have you ever thought about how this courtroom witness parallels with the witness we are called to bear for the name of Jesus Christ?  Too often we are intimidated by giving a verbal witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the passage from 1 Peter gives us some insight into the simple nature of bearing witness, much like we would in a court of law.  It is simply to share the reason for the hope we have.

To bear witness is to simply tell what you know. And if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you know something.  For starters, you know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  But you also can bear witness to how you came to know Him and how you have experienced Him.  You may not have all the deep theological answers to questions that may arise, but you can simply share your experience.  And no one can argue with that when you tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God.  And He will. 

Reflect:

  • If someone were to ask you right now about the hope you have in Christ, what would you say to them?
  • What does it mean to revere Christ as Lord in your heart? How might you grow in your reverence to His lordship in your life?

Living My Best Life Day 4

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Scripture: Acts 4:23-31 On their release [from prison], Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:” ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.  They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.  Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Devotional: Wouldn’t you imagine that after being imprisoned for speaking about Jesus and then released, you might just lay low for a while?  In this passage we see Peter and John do just the opposite as they met with the believers and prayed for MORE boldness.  They asked God to consider the threats against them and enable them to speak His word with great boldness.  And God honored their request by filling them with the Holy Spirit and enabling to do that very thing.   

More often than not, we speak boldly about what we believe deeply.  No doubt Peter and John believed deeply in the truths of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  And they were not hindered by the threats of others.

Reflect:

  • What threats, either perceived or real, might be hindering you from speaking more boldly about Jesus?
  • Take some time to reflect about what you are willing to speak boldly about?What does that tell you about the beliefs you hold most deeply?
  • If you struggle with being bold in witness when it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, how might your faith and belief be deepened?

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