“The Household of Faith” (Part 4)

There is one thing I can almost guarantee and that is that you’re reading this at home. It’s not because of special revelation or guesswork, but because we’re in lockdown and so where else would you be?

But there is something I don’t know and that is the question of how are you going to cope this time being at home, as winter draws on with longer nights and wintry weather? Being forced to be at home is why we must embrace ever deeper what it means for us to be the Household of Faith.

In Acts 4 after Peter and John had been arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, they returned to the church and told them everything that had happened. The church responded by praying together not because they were afraid or anxious but because they were confident in God. Using Psalm 2, which mocks those who seek to dethrone the Lord’s anointed, the church reminds itself of how Pilate and Herod had failed to dethrone Jesus and now it was the turn of the Sanhedrin to fail too. What matters is what happened next.

It says the place where they were meeting, that is a house, both shook and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Instead of us shaking inside our homes at this time of lockdown and dark wintry nights we are to pray.

We are to pray the words of Scripture to strengthen and encourage us at this time despite the bleakness of the situation. We are to pray in a way that celebrates Jesus as the Lord’s Anointed who will not fail in his reign over us. We are to pray to dare to live courageously for Jesus regardless of how serious the situation becomes.

We are to pray that our homes will be places that shake with the presence of the Spirit of God who loves us. We are to pray that here in these ordinary places we may know our extraordinary God is with us and that we can trust in him. We are to pray that our homes instead of feeling like prisons because we can’t get out, will be places where we know God because he is here with us.

We are to pray that we will be filled with the Holy Spirit. We are to pray that we will know God filling us with his love, his presence, his power and his glory that we may not be afraid and then to enable us to tell others not to be afraid too.

What did the church do here in Acts 4? They prayed. I won’t ask you to do the same since that is not why we are told the story. Instead, I will tell you to do the same that you may know God is with you, with you in your house and with you day by day of this current lockdown.

What did the church do here in Acts 4? They prayed. I won’t ask you to do the same since that is not why we are told the story. Instead, I will tell you to do the same that you may know God is with you, with you in your house and with you day by day of this current lockdown.

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