Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

The mark of a disciple - a prayer for boldness

Act 4:29 — 30 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

Still on being a disciple of Christ, perhaps one truth which those who aspire to live a Christ inspired life must first of all have to live and deal with, is one which informs of the oppositions and persecutions to follow. 

Our Lord did not hide this from his followers to be, he did not paint a rosy future where everyone would agree with them, he did not paint a rosy future here on earth where they would be free from trials and persecution rather he encouraged them and gave the assurance of help as well as the comfort that is available through the Holy Spirit. Also he enjoined them to be happy and contented to be found as worthy partakers of the same treatment that was meted out to him their master.


The fathers of our faith and the early church took this to heart, as a result, their joy in the face of persecution remains one of the enduring legacies of the life of faith they are commended and remembered by. To them the greatest reward after the salvation of their soul, was the privilege to have shared in the suffering of Christ, why you may ask? Because it holds a certain truth which says......'If you have suffered with Christ, you will reign with Christ'...,also the truth when our Lord said to them 'if you do not deny me before men, i will not deny you before God the Father'. These are undeniable truths, which becomes stronger with each opposition that came their way in the course of living out their faith whether by way of preaching the gospel or by their lifestyle. With every beating, every insult, every attack, every derison, every mocking , every threat of death and even death.....they counted it a thing of joy knowing that it has come because of their devotion to Christ.


But let us not get carried away with what might appear to be heroic deeds on the part of these men and women. I say this because we may be tempted to believe they were superhumans and as such different from us. If however we cannot resist such thoughts, perhaps we need to pause and ask, what turned these ordinary men and women into superhumans? We just read how Peter was described as being a commoner....where did these commoners get the boldness to confront the prevailing tide that was against them?

Truth is, they did not deny the wave of oppositions neither did they downplay the danger it represented, rather they realised that they have come into a truth...the one that truly sets a man free hence one which they cannot affford to give up...the salvation which Christ gives and is of eternal value, one which no money can buy. They therefore prayed for the boldness to confront every opposition and challenge that might come their way, be it the threat of death or even a simple mockery and abuse from the world who were still blinded to the truth.

Now less we think this boldness was only required for self preservation, we need to look closely at the content of their prayers again.... This boldness was needed in other that God might reveal his greatness and thus validate this truth through them. This boldness was needed in order that they might not give up or deny this truth which truly redeems a man from the bondage of sin and eternal damnation of his soul, it was needed in order that others might hear of it and become partakers of God's redemption work of mankind.