Welcome back. We continue our Acts Reading Challenge today. Today's reading is from Acts 4-5
I think there is so much to learn from this chapter. We see an entirely new countenance on the disciples. They are bold, courageous, and willing to go anywhere to preach Jesus. They believe they have been given a power through Christ that can conqueror anything -- and they have! The difference between them and us is that they actually lived like they believed it. Perhaps my favorite verse in this chapter is vs 13: "13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." I love this reminder that we don't have to be the most educated people in order to be the most godly and anointed people. We simply need to be people who are with Jesus.
By far my favorite part of this chapter is when Gamaliel the Pharisee speaks out when everyone is upset about the work and ministry of the apostles. I believe his words can still serve to guide us today. "38Therefore, 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. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."Wow! What a powerful reminder. If it is from God, nobody can stop it!
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