As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening…Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… Acts 4:1-3, 8
Peter has just been arrested, for healing someone. He had spent the night in prison. Imagine what that would have been like. Think about how you would have been feeling. I know I would have been pretty frustrated and angry. I would have wanted to share my two cents with anyone who would listen.
But Peter didn’t share his opinion. He didn’t just blurt out his ideas about how frustrated he was or complain about spending the night in a jail cell. Peter just let the Holy Spirit speak through him. Mere months ago, this Peter had gotten so angry that he cut off someone’s ear in a moment of rage. But now, Peter was a new man. He was a man filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Often, I am the first one to jump in with what I want to say. Especially when I am tired or frustrated or haven’t had my coffee yet. But I am beginning to learn the power that comes when I get out of my own way and let God speak for me. I am seeing the amazing fruit that can happen when I don’t speak. When my flesh is quiet and my spirit joins God in what He is doing in the moment big things happen.
God is still moving. The Holy Spirit is still speaking powerful messages of hope and freedom through regular messy people like you and I. Will you let the Holy Spirit fill you this week and speak through you?
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.