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D. And a christian martyr of his generation. Cyprien was executed for his christian faith and a record of his trial by the roman senator Galileo's maximus exists even today. During the trial, galerias told Cyprien, the most sacred emperors have commanded you to conform to the roman rights and so I proceed. I refuse Galileo's wanted him to take heat for himself or rather to be careful with what he was wishing for. But Cyprien replied. Do as you have been ordered in so clear a case I may not take hit after this exchange galleria spread the sentence. You have long lived an religious life and have grown together a number of men bound by unlawful association and professed yourself an open enemy to the gods and the religion of room and the peers most sacred and augustus emperors have endeavored in vain to bring you back to conformity with your religious observances.
Therefore, you have been apprehended as principal and ringleader in this infamous crimes and you shall be made an example to those home. You have wickedly associated with the authority of law, shall be ratified in your blood. It is the sentence of this court that Garcia's Capri nia's be executed with the world with the sword. Cyprien reply to this was thanks be to God. He removed his clothes with our assistance. He knelt, he knelt down and prayed. He blindfolded himself and he was beheaded. Mm I know today I have started by reminding you of uh somebody who's mattered or just died for the sake of the gospel.
I just want to post there as we think about this, the bible says that they ever came by the blood of their own by the words of their testimonies and they did not love there lives even today and that's tied with the disciples. So yesterday we saw the disciples being released by the sun handling with a warning that they should not speak to anyone in jesus name again. And I don't know if you see a similarity in the reply with that Cyprian side to 58 years later, he said in such a clear case, I may not take heed. The apostles had literally told the jewish leaders the same thing they said yesterday. We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen in heart.
And you know that is just a declaration of war. Uh they didn't get their head beheaded right there like Cyprien, Let's continue to hear what happened. We stopped at verse 22 yesterday. You're still in Acts Chapter four we continue from uh from verse 23 and it says on their release, Peter and john went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them when they had this, they raised their voice together in prayer to God sovereign. Lord. They said, you made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David. Why do the nations range and the people plot in vain? The kings of the art rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one. Indeed Herod and pontius. Pilot met together with the gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant, jesus, whom you anointed.
They did watch your power and will had decided beforehand should happen now Lord consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your words with great boldness, stretch out your hands to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant, jesus. After they prayed the place where they were meeting was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God broadly Hollywood. I just want you to walk this journey with their posters, I'm taking you back after they have worked from the son Henry. They have faced the opposition and they are feeling frustrated, they have just been through such frustration. Their first instinct was prayer. They did not throw their hands up in the air in despair.
They did not abandon hope and I want you to note the parallel here with what happened at Pentecost after crisis station. In both cases, they would have had reason to give up to lose themselves in despair. But their response was prayer and the bible says that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. This was like this was a second, I'm not gonna call it like because this was a second great outpouring, like in the first outpouring God demonstrated his power physically the house they were in shook in both occasions we see that God released the fullness of the sport. He had done it at Pentecost to give them the boldness to do what they had just done to witness christ in boldness even before the authority and now at this point where they have just declared war with a jewish liberals, they had openly defied orders to stop preaching the name of jesus, it was going to be a long battle and they knew they needed to regroup and ask for enforcement, I love their prayer.
I just love the content of their prayer. The bible tells us that when they heard this they raised their voices together in prayer and I love how the spirit of God demonstrate his parent because of this divine inspiration that came upon the rest of the believers. They unanimously joined in a petition under the influence of the Holy Spirit. And I believe that this still works for believers today and I want to declare this because this is a true statement that we work best in the company of other believers. We work best together in our witnesses in our suffering knowing that we have been called by the sovereign Lord who has the disposal of all events to witness him to the world. The posters had a clear perspective. When they went into prayer, they knew the Lord sovereign, the Lord reigns, he is sovereign over all.
They knew they were his servants, his vessels and I said I love their prayer because in their prayer they didn't pray for their troubles to be taken away. They prayed that the Lord me and neck with them to preach his word with boldness for a challenge. They set the pace for us that when we face opposition, we should desire divine a divine encouragement and grace to go on steadfastly in cheerfulness and courage. Hallelujah, you're talking about demonstration of power of the spirit of God and the bible says that after they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken, the Lord gave them a sign of acceptance of the oppressed, that their faith may be established and unshaken. He filled them to a greater degrees of the Spirit.
The Lord demonstrated on the outward what could form the spiritual consciousness that was happening in what he answered them in the form for which they asked in a way that they would know their prayers had been answered. They prayed for courage and he gave them the power to speak with boldness, the word which they were commissioned to speak. Because one thing I know in my work with the Lord is that well. He works in mysterious ways. He does not answer in Ambu CAS ways. His promises are clear and when he fulfills them, he doesn't leave it to guess Walk what of God says that they were all filled with the holocaust. He did not discriminate among them. They all felt the process of God. They all felt his presence his acceptance.
They had shut down all selfishness and feelings of individuality to bring together the body of christ and the Lord answered them in their hour of immediate need. He gave them an immediate answer and talking of demonstration and it is my prayer today, they're gonna find joy in sharing the great deeds of the Lord and in bearing the violence of our believers. I pray that we may experience this great level of outpouring of the spirit of God that our desire for the boldness to witness, jesus maybe as strong as that of the first believers that the power of the Holy Ghost may shake off our fears, our doubts and feelings of individuality until we can stand together as one body to witness May the Lord open our eyes so that we can recognize his deeds.
At least we say he has not answered our prayers because sometimes you may not hear the house shake but make our eyes be open to recognize when he answers the press. Yeah, oh our eyes will be open so that we may see him so that we may not say that we have not seen him even when he walks among us. This is my prayer for you today. This is my prayer for the church today in jesus name Amen Amen Shalom, this is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insight and this is demonstration of power. Day five