by Dan Goddard
Intimidation is an enemy that each one of us will face on a regular basis in our lives. Individually what is intimidating to one person; may simply be a welcome challenge in the day to day lives of other people.
Yet, whether alone or in a group, real or imagined, from circumstances, people or from the demonic realm; intimidation in all its forms is a strategy that Satan uses to harass, distract and immobilize people with great effectiveness.
The early Church in the book of Acts faced very real intimidation on a day to day basis. Scripture records how they responded and not only survived; but thrived in the face of daily threats and obstacles.
Let us take a journey together, back in time, to where the Church and Christian individuals lived in the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Do not fight back, but respond with truth. (Acts 4:5-10)
Do not give in! Make your stand! (Acts 4:18-22)
Do not fight the devil! Don’t beg God! Release your faith by declaring who God is. Release your heart in crying out for a breakthrough. (Acts 4:23-30)
Expect God to answer from heaven (Acts 4:31)
The Kingdom of Heaven is released on earth, when we come in the opposite spirit; responding to lies and intimidation, with truth and love.
* The greater our unity in faith and love, the greater a breakthrough we experience! (Acts 4-32-35)