Standing in Power by ADS

(My grandmother, Anna Daisy Siemens, wrote poetry and prose. This devotion was written and published for Devotions for the Deaf in 1994)Bible Reading: Acts 2:36-47Although God revealed to Peter that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), he often spoke without thinking. Peter scolded Jesus about any thought of His death. He promised to stand by Him during His trial and crucifixion. But Peter made promises he could not keep in his own strength. Peter denied Jesus three times.But the Holy Spirit changed his life. This outspoken disciple remained the speaker for the Twelve Apostles, but now he stood in God’s strength, not his own.The eleven apostles stood beside Peter as he preached his first message about the Good News of a risen Christ. They stood firm, prepared to stand and stay in God’s power as leaders of Christ’s spiritual kingdom on earth. They won their victories in trials and persecutions through the Holy Spirit.We have that same strength through the power of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives. We stand in His power. ADSActs 2:14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.Prayer: Dear Father, teach me to stand in your power through any trials that ma come to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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