THESE MEN HAD BEEN WITH JESUS

                                 BY.   PHILIP VERGHESE ‘ARIEL’ 

 The people who were astonished by the courage of Peter and John when they  preached the gospel were no ordinary men. They were, rulers, elders and teachers  of the law. They were astonished because they realized that Peter and John were  uneducated and untrained ordinary men . [Act 4:1-13].  Verse 13, says, Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived  that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.  And they realized  that “they had been with JESUS.”  Can the same be said of us who are redeemed by the precious blood of the Lord  Jesus Christ.  If not, it is good to examine ourselves in the light of these words.  Are our lives and actions like the ones seen in the Apostles. If this is not so, then  others will see us as the enemies of God or under Satan. Let is not forget that  “friendship with the world is hatred towards God”. We need to consider that today  there is a great desire to love the world and the things in the world.  It is so obvious that a great majority of believers have a very superficial brotherly  love. Have we not become selfish, boasters, self-willed, not displaying unity of  heart and mind?  There is no doubt that Satan takes the advantage in such  situations. The main reason for our failures is that we have forgotten that Satan is roaming about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If this thought were there we would have been more alert in our lives and Satan would have  success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Satan Satan       cannot do much with a nominal Christian. However we need to note that Satan can                                                       

create great havoc with born again Christians who want to serve the Lord in a big way. He is on the lookout for such people.     Many of God’s servants have fallen to Satan’s  tactics and that is a warning to us.  If we seriously consider this and take care then we  would be able to defeat Satan; the powerful enemy who even tried to deceive our Lord  Jesus Christ. If we live pleasing to the Lord, others would testify that these people were with Jesus.  As we see the evidences for the coming of our Lord, may we live a worthy life which is  pleasing to our LORD  and look forward for his coming.END     

(The writer can be contacted at:pvariel@gmail.com)                   

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