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Just by spending time with Jesus

The council members were astonished as they witnessed the bold courage of Peter and John, especially when they discovered that they were just ordinary men who had never had religious training. Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with him. - Acts 4:13 TPT

Bold courage comes from just spending time with Jesus.

This scripture is powerful when we dig a little deeper and really look at all that it is saying. Peter and John had just been used by God to heal the crippled man at the gate called Beautiful. They were bold and courageous when they reached out their hand took him by the hand and they said "in the Name of Jesus, stand up and walk!"

How did they know what to say and do at that very moment that would produce such a miraculous result? It came from them spending time with Jesus.

They walked with Him and talked with Him. They observed what He did while He was on the earth. And at one point they were part of the 72 disciples that Jesus anointed to go and heal the sick and cast out demons. It could have been at that time in the past that God used them to heal someone else. Who knows? But one thing that we do know, it was because they spent time with Jesus.

This scripture is very clear that their boldness and courage did not come from any formal religious training. (We would say it wasn't because they graduated from a well respected Seminary with a degree in Theology.) They were just ordinary men that followed an extraordinary man named Jesus!

Following Jesus and spending time with Him will turn your ordinary life into an extraordinary one. He will use you in ways that you never expected to be used.

Spending time with Jesus changes you from the inside. Just fellowshipping with Him you receive a boldness, confidence and courage that you didn't have before. When you clearly see who He is and that He lives in you, faith will rise in your heart and begin to flood your mind. Faith is a supernatural force that will pull you out of the boat in the middle of the storm and help you walk on the water when you need to.

Just by spending time with Jesus.

Say this: I love to spend time with Jesus because I am changing on the inside. Faith is rising up in me. He turns my ordinary into extraordinary.

Pray this: Lord, thank you for showing me today a clear picture of Jesus. As I go throughout my day remind me of the things that He did and said. I follow Him in boldness and courage today. I receive strength from You today and my faith is stirred. Use me for Your kingdom and Your glory. In Jesus Name"
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