Tag: Obey God
Scripture reading for April 12th: Acts 5
Key Scriptures: Acts 5:27-33 “And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this Name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.””
Obedience to God has rewards now and in eternity. The high priest was in authority over Israel and had brought the apostles in earlier and sternly commanded them to not speak or teach in the Name of Jesus. The apostles, in opposition to these instructions from spiritual authority, had continued to boldly preach repentance and forgiveness in Jesus’ Name. Many signs and wonders were also being reported through the Name. Peter, when directly confronted, plainly told the high priest that they must obey God rather than men. He then accused them again of crucifying the Lord Jesus Whom the Father had raised from the dead and exalted to His right hand. This was the ultimate position of spiritual authority. Listen to the witnesses!
Acts 5:38-39 “So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, . . “
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the Holy Spirit and the boldness of Your witnesses recorded for us in Scripture. Deliver me from the snare of fearing men and empower me to obey You alone.
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man is a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”
Scripture reading for April 21st: 1st Samuel 3-5, Psalm 23, Acts 5
Key Scriptures: Acts 5:29-32 “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.””
The apostles had been arrested for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Sanhedrin admonished them never to speak in Jesus’ Name again. Peter spoke up for the group, telling the Sanhedrin that they would obey God and not men. Peter then exalted Jesus as Savior of these men who had crucified Jesus, calling on them to repent! What amazing grace God gave to those Israelites through the apostles! Their example of obedience to God beacons to us to follow that all men might be saved by our merciful Savior and Leader!
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the example You set of obeying Your Father God and not men. Thank You for the apostles who imitated You. As my Shepherd, help me to hear Your voice today and do Your will in me and through me.
1st Samuel 3:10 “And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak Lord for Your servant hears.””
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Scripture reading for April 20th: 1st Samuel 1-2, Psalm 120, Acts 5
Key Scriptures: Acts 5:28-32 “”We strictly charged you not to teach in this Name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.””
The Pharisees charged the apostles not to teach in the Name of Jesus ever again. The apostles explained that they must obey God first because He had charged them to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men. Peter respectfully explained how the religious authorities and the people of Israel had crucified Jesus and how God raised Him from the dead. God also exalted Jesus the highest place of honor, His Right Hand! Jesus alone can grant forgiveness of sins. The apostles were witnesses as the Holy Spirit spoke through them.
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for the Name of Jesus and the instructions to preach the Gospel to all people everywhere. Help me to obey You today through the Holy Spirit who lives in me.
1st Samuel 2:2 “”There is none holy like the Lord; for there is none besides You; there is no Rock like our God.”
Psalm 120:1 “In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me.”
Scripture reading for January 18th: Exodus 1-2
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2
God commands us to obey established authority. But is it ever right to disobey government authority? What if the government authority orders you to do something that actually breaks God’s Law? Can you disobey and please God?
Shiphrah and Puah are ordinary Jewish women who had a job to do. They were mid-wives and helped deliver babies. They would go to the homes of pregnant Israelite women and sit with them during labor and delivery, washing off the baby and attending to the mother and child until the mothers were strong enough to take care of the child or children themselves. Pharaoh gave an order to these god-fearing women to kill all the male babies. It was a form of late-term abortion being practiced in Egypt of that time. This kind of thing was happening even 3500 years ago and is still going on in our culture today.
These Hebrew women knew God and feared Him more than they feared Pharaoh. The chose a path of civil disobedience that is a good model for us today. They simply ignored Pharaoh’s order and did what was right in God’s eyes. They knew that abortion was murder of God’s children. God was kind to them and protected them (Exodus 1:19-20). He rewarded them with families of their own.
Are you voting for those who will authorize abortion? Are you giving approval to those who would perform abortions and kill off human beings made in God’s image? Are you like Shiphrah and Puah, staying strong for God and protecting life whenever and wherever you can? If you have had an abortion or voted for that to be legal or put politicians in office that are pro-abortion, repent and ask God’s forgiveness. He is merciful and will forgive your sin! We don’t want to be found to be an accomplice of “Pharaoh” (Satan).
The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)