- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 5
Luke, the author of the book of Acts described the wonder-working power of the Holy Spirit.
Faithfulness and foolishness in the church (1-11) —- Inspired by the Holy Spirit Ananias and Sapphira sold their land out of their will, and proceed it to apostle. It was an act of faithfulness. But it was an act of foolishness, self-deceit that they lied to the apostle, which led them to death. Their spiritual integrity was in question.
Healing (12-16)—- along with fear from the death of two deceivers, growing swell of signs and wonders of life giving power of the gospel was at work in the church. The news of apostles’ power spread beyond Jerusalem and people brought the sick people to the apostles. Healing by the power of the Holy Spirit was evident among the people, and more people became believers.
Persecution. (17-42) —– As the work of the Holy Spirit increased, so did increase opposition, hostility and jealousy. The Sadducees put the apostles in prison out of jealousy. But the apostles couldn’t be imprisoned. God sent angels to set them free during the night. The apostles were more empowered and witnessed more boldly to Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection.
Gamaliel was a teacher of the Jewish law, and the grandson of Rabbi Hillel. Gamaliel was the most respected Pharisee of his day.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.