“Obey God rather than men” Acts 5:27-42 and 2 Timothy 1:7-10

Peter and the other apostles preached to many and healed others without regard to obedience to men.  Their hearts were on fire to tell the good news to others at all cost.  Whether being imprisoned or beaten, this was of no concern to these chosen apostles of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.  With this great courage they have received and shared with others, pray mightily in the Lord regarding your own heart.  Is your heart  on fire to tell the gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of loss of all things, imprisonment, and even death?  Are you willing to lose your comforts of home and friends to go where Jesus tells you?  Pray in the name of Jesus to reveal your heart and He is faithful to do so.  Take to heart these truths for boldness, encouragement, and showing love for our Lord and others by telling others the good news of Jesus like Peter and the other apostles did in Acts 5:27-42  Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.  “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said.  “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”  Peter and the other apostles replied: “WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN! THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD–WHOM YOU HAD KILLED BY HANGING HIM ON A TREE.  GOD EXALTED HIM TO HIS OWN RIGHT HAND AS PRINCE AND SAVIOR THAT HE MIGHT GIVE REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS TO ISRAEL.  WE ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS, AND SO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM.”  

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.  But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.  Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.  Some time ago Theudas appeared claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him.  He was killed, all of his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.  After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt.  He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.  Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone!  Let them go!  For if their purpose or  activity is of human origin, it will fail.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”  His speech persuaded them.  THEY CALLED THE APOSTLES IN AND HAD THEM FLOGGED.  THEN THEY ORDERED THEM NOT TO SPEAK IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND LET THEM GO.  THE APOSTLES LEFT THE SANHEDRIN, REJOICING BECAUSE THEY WERE COUNTED WORTHY OF SUFFERING DISGRACE FOR THE NAME.  DAY AFTER DAY, IN THE TEMPLE COURTS AND FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE, THEY NEVER STOPPED TEACHING AND PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST.

Therefore, we must continue to speak and teach in the name of Jesus regardless of the consequences here on this earth.  We must continue and go from house to house proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ also.  Let us who love the the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul and our neighbor as our self show love to others by telling them the good news with boldness and courage without selfish ambition.  When we do this we are showing our love for God first and people second.  TIMOTHY 1:7-10 FOR GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF TIMIDITY, BUT A SPIRIT OF POWER, OF LOVE, AND OF SELF-DISCIPLINE.  SO DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO TESTIFY ABOUT OUR LORD, OR ASHAMED OF ME HIS PRISONER.  BUT JOIN ME IN SUFFERING FOR THE GOSPEL, BY THE POWER OF GOD, WHO HAS SAVED US AND CALLED US TO A HOLY LIFE–NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING WE HAVE DONE BUT BECAUSE OF HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE.  THIS GRACE WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME, BUT IT IS NOW BEEN REVEALED THROUGH THE APPEARING OF OUR SAVIOR, CHRIST JESUS, WHO HAS DESTROYED DEATH AND HAS BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL.

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