Acts 5:27-29 “And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Have you ever felt God speak to you? How sure of it were you? If you were challenged by someone you respected would you back down from what you thought God spoke or would you “stand your ground” in faith and confidence because you knew it was God.
There are many Christians that speak very loosely about hearing the voice of God but I believe that many are spiritually immature and this immaturity shows when the so called “word from God” is challenged. Isn’t it easy to say “God said” and put the ultimate stamp of approval on something that our flesh desires? Many Christians use this as a form of justification to many things. They proclaim how God has told them to do something or say something yet would they really stand by it when it matters?
When Peter and the disciples were standing in front of the high council they did not second guess what God had told them. They knew it was God and there was no changing it. God always accompanies His word with signs and wonders and miracles.
Can you imagine standing in front of this council would’ve had the ability to imprison you, beat you or even kill you if you disobeyed them? This was the very scenario the apostles were facing at this moment but when they were challenged they shouted in defiance “We ought to obey God rather than men!” WOW! What faith! That statement could’ve easily gotten them killed but because they knew that the word was spoken from God they were not afraid of death, imprisonment or any form of punishment that may have come their way.
Here are some questions to think about: Would you stand behind what God has spoken to you in this way? Would you be willing to look any man in the face and no matter who they are and how much they challenge you be able to stand on the word God gave you?
I believe these moments will come to any person who steps out to do something for God’s Kingdom. God can’t have leaders that are unable to clearly hear and decipher His voice. I think the problem for many Christians is the inability to decipher His voice from their own thoughts and therefore they constantly walk in confusion instead of faith.
So, if you think that God has spoken to you I would challenge you to pray and ask yourself if you are willing to go all the way with what He has spoken. Because if not you are either in direct disobedience to God or you did not hear His voice in the first place.
Let’s pray, “Father, give us the ability to hear and clearly understand your voice and desires for our lives. We don’t want to make decisions about Your Kingdom and take action in a state of confusion or wonder. We want boldness like the apostles to know your voice and do what you say no matter what challenges may come our way! We serve you and we give you our hearts to do what you want with! AMEN”
Are you blessed?
In Christ Jesus,
P.S. Be in prayer with me about the upcoming crusade to Albania in November. There are going to be thousands of lives radically transformed by the power of God unto salvation! I know this is God’s timing and there are many needs financially for every team member going (about 35 right now) and for the crusade itself. Thank you for your prayers!
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