Saturday, June 22, 2013

We ought to obey God

There is always resistance to the move of God. But, if God wants to be heard, he will even send his angels to help us. 

Act 5:17  Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
Act 5:18  And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
Act 5:19  But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
Act 5:20  Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
Act 5:26  Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
Act 5:27  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Act 5:28  Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Act 5:30  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Act 5:31  Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Act 5:32  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Act 5:33  When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

The unsaved  and the ungodly fear the people more than God. They want to appear as something they are not, before the people. To assure that they stay in charge they will try to destroy anyone who gets in the way. The Apostles were not afraid of the godless Saducees. "We ought to obey God rather than men." They had Holy Ghost boldness to witness the gospel. Sometimes, and even with Peter, we know that in our natural ability we will fail. This is why we must have faith in God and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you. They even witnessed to those who tried to stop them.
1Peter 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

A final note about angels. They are sent to minister to the saints of God. It is rare that they tell us what to do. Do not seek guidance from angel's, nor are we to pray to them. Satan has his angels too and many are deceived by them in the occult practices. Angels will come to our aid, but God usually leads by His Holy Spirit.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Remember the power is of God, not of our doing. Give him the glory and put away your envy and self glory. 

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