Sunday, April 22, 2012

Obey God rather than Man

Following Jesus demands that He be our sole allegiance. We surrender to Him. We are His slaves. He is our Master. We must obey Him; whatever the cost.

In Acts 5, Peter and John were arrested once again. This time they were delivered from the jail by an angel during the night. The next day they were found in the temple complex proclaiming the name of Jesus and arrested again.

When they were questioned by the Sanhedrin (religious governing body), this was their reply: "We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him" (Acts 5:29-32). 
  • A direct response - "we must obey God rather than men".
  • A direct message - Jesus is ruler and Savior.
  • A direct result - the granting of repentance to Israel, the forgiveness of sins
  • A direct advantage - the Holy Spirit given by God

Will we be found as men who obey whatever the cost? Will we follow Jesus as our Master? Will we stand strong in the face of any and all difficulties?

Praying today for:
(1) Lake O' the Pines community of Jefferson
(2) State of Connecticut
(3) Nation of Argentina
(4) North African & Middle Eastern peoples throughout the World

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