“But Peter and John replied to them, whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide. But we ourselves cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20 Amplified
As we continue our study about the early church, Peter and John have been brought in front of the Sanhedrin for healing a man. All of the people around the temple area were praising God and these two disciples, so the Jewish leaders were having a hard time contradicting this miracle. Finally after much discussion they decided to tell Peter and John not to talk about Jesus any more and they would be free to go. Our verse today gives them their reply. Peter and John were bold in front of these leaders and basically told them they HAD to speak.
Are we that bold? When we’re in a group talking about world events or all of the chaos going on around us, do we mention Jesus or God? Brothers and sisters we have a tremendous opportunity right now. When all of the things going on around us cause people to fear we have the answer, we can tell them to put their trust in God. We must be sure though that we walk the talk ourselves. Do we show fear in our actions? Do we worry and fret over what will happen next? Faith is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
The second part of today’s verse states, “But we ourselves cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.” What have you seen and heard in your life? If you’re exercising your faith muscle, you should be able to testify to all the greatness God has done for you. If all you see are things to work about in your life then it’s time to start exercising.