Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Don't Tell Me To Hush!

After the big rage that followed the healing of the crippled beggar, which we have been looking at all week, the Sanhedrin was faced with the dilemma of what to do with Peter and John.

The two disciples were creating a popular front against the corrupt religious system in place at the time. It was the same "whitewashed sepulchre" that killed Jesus.

After hastily conversing about the "issue" (hard to believe that healing someone would be an issue), they decided to let them off the hook with a stern reprimand.

Are you ready?

Acts 4:18 - "[So] they summoned them and imperatively instructed them not to converse in any way or teach at all in or about the name of Jesus."

"Never, in any way, shape, or form, mention, pray about, pray to, pray in, or preach or teach in or about the Name of Jesus!"

That'll teach them.

Or will it?

(19) "But Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge). (20) But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard."

In the Pastor Kevin paraphrase: "Sorry, but...ah...no."

Boldness and confidence. You need this to be the rank and file Christian. You particularly need this if you are called by Christ into leadership.

Friend, it's not easy being a servant of Christ. He warned us of this on His way to the Cross. He said that people hated Him, and they will also hate us.

If you haven't been surprised yet at just exactly where you will find your enemy, trust me, you will be sooner or later.

Be wise. Be alert. Do not be moved off of who you are. Operate within what Jesus has given you...

...and never, never be silenced.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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