Scripture Reading: Acts 4:13
Yesterday, the Holy Spirit exposed us to the truth that God deliberately chooses the weak, by-passing the wise, the mighty and the noble, who refused to renounced their reliance on their abilities and might. Today the Holy Spirit desires to teach us the secret of the transformation – on how Mary, the poor handmaid, became the queen mother of God; on how David, the unknown poor Shepherd, became the great leader of Israel; on how Peter, the fearful uneducated fisherman, became the courageous spokesman and leader (Pope) of the church; on how Mary Magdalene, the prostitute with seven demons, became the first evangelist of the resurrection. Brethren the truth is that all of us have things that we struggle with and things that at times seem to overwhelm us. These are the areas of our lives where we can invite the living God to inhabit us with His strength and power, so that we can experience this transformation.
Knowing that Peter and John were uneducated and uninformed men, who did not understand letters; they never had a formal education; they had not been brought up at the feet of any of the recognized professors (rabbi) in any of the schools and universities of the Jews; they were not trained up in, and conversant with the sophisticated distinctions, subtle argumentations, and decisions of the learned doctors, in the interpretation of the law of Moses, and the traditions of the elders. The Sanhedrim were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, with what courage and gallantry they exhibited as they stood before the teachers of the law, the presence of mind they had, and the freedom of speech they used. The Sanhedrim also observed the Apostles’ elocution, the justness of their diction, the propriety of their language, and the strength and nervousness of their reasoning, as well as their great resolution, constancy, and firmness of mind. How come uneducated and uninformed Peter and John are now professors of scripture and ‘logical” defenders of Jesus? What is the secret of such transformation? The scripture revealed that secret today, which is: “THEY MUST HAVE BEEN WITH JESUS” (Act 4:13).
Child of God, you cannot afford constant fellowshipping with Jesus, without experiencing this kind of transformation. Fellowshipping with Jesus in His Word and prayer is the secret of such transformation. The more you sincerely stay with Jesus, the more you will be transform, the more you will be conformed to being like Him, in words and actions, such that any deformity and defects in you will be touched and transform by the power and anointing of His presence. When staying with Jesus in His Word and prayer does not lead you to self-emptiness, which is necessary for God to transform your weakness and defects into weapons of His strength and power, know that your fellowship is not sincere and submissive. Only the weak who are sincere and the supposedly strong who know that they are weak, can experience this transforming power of Jesus’ presence, to become more like Him. Brethren, join us to cry in this song: “Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart….”
- Thank the Lord for His word today.
- Ask God for mercy and pardon for your sins of pride and those areas you are finding it difficult to repent.
- Take this prayer of transformation: “Lord, I was a pile of ash, and You made me a light for the world. I was a stone, and You made me salt for the earth. I was as lifeless as clay, and You made me part of the Body of Christ. I was sinful, and You made me holy. I was nothing, and You made me part of everything. Lord, in You I am transformed, keep transforming me until I become the perfect image of Jesus. Jesus, by the power of Your presence, transform me anew today in the name of Jesus. Amen.
- Pray as the Spirit directs you.
Exercise: Take the Divine Mercy Prayer “To Obtain Love for God” in Section A.
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:4