By Wes Mason
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.” ~ Acts 4:31 AMP
My last message was from this same book in Acts. It was about God using ordinary people, who have been with Jesus, to proclaim the Kingdom of this son to a world lost and dying in sin. We see here how God manifests his purposes in our lives.
These ordinary men and women of the first century church were used by God to accomplish extraordinary things. In Acts 3 is the story of a man who had been crippled since birth being healed under the ministry of the Apostles through the power of Jesus Christ. In Acts 4 the healing outraged the religious rulers of the day. They were seeking to suppress the fledging community growing around the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the miracle was so widely known there was no way to squash it. The Apostles took no credit for the healing, yet they tried to force the Apostles to stop proclaiming the message of Jesus and they refused!
Instead they prayed! They turned to God in faith and trust. They petitioned the God of heaven for all that they needed. In response the Lord filled them with the Holy Spirit in power and might, so much so, that the place they were in was shaking at the Lords presence. THEN….. with bold courage they spoke the word of the Lord in freedom of fear of man.
God’s word is powerful and sharper than any 2 edged sword. It is able to divide even between our soul, our inner person and our spirit, our eternal nature. Today there is a wholesale rejection and suppression of God’s word. The church is woefully ignorant of what is contained within the pages of the bible, as such many folks are like the blind leading the blind and both falling into a ditch.
God called his people to be salt and light. Salt to preserve from decay of every sort and light to help people from walking into harmful places and things and walk the right paths. We, his people, must proclaim his word of truth to a world lost and dying in sin, separated from God. They may well reject what we have shared with them. As long as we have shared the right word, the right way at the right time…then having done all to stand as God and God alone is responsible for the results. We are responsible before God to obey him and proclaim his truth in love by word and deed.
May we pray that the Lord fill us with his holy spirit to boldly speak his word as the opportunity arises, and may he shake our lives and those we touch with the power of his love, mercy, truth and grace.
He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org