Which is right in God’s eyes
Acts 4:18-19 “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?”
The temple guard and the Sadducees were upset by the teaching of the disciples.
They strongly instructed Peter and John, by the authorities not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus and brought them to the religious leaders.
The Sadducees were especially disturbed because Peter’s message emphasized the resurrection of Christ.
When the rulers and elders demanded an explanation, Peter replied: “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed” (v. 10). He told them that Jesus was Israel’s rejected Messiah and that salvation was “found in no one else” (v. 12).
So.. they ordered Peter and John to stop teaching in Jesus’ name (v. 17).
They refused, appealing to common sense. “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!” they answered (v. 19).
Verse 13 describes Peter and John as “unschooled, ordinary men.”
But *What drives then to stand bold for Jesus?
What if we were brought in before authorities to give an answer?
Would we stand firm in our faith if we were told to stop following Jesus?
*Do we ever feel unqualified to share our faith with others?
How long has it been since we shared the gospel?
- Ask God to give us confidence not based on our own expertise or authority, but relying on Him alone!
- Meditate upon His word and pray for the courage to spread the gospel everywhere we go. Remember Peter and John took advantage of every situation they encountered in each single day to preach Christ.
No wonder thousands believed and were saved.
Resolve to do the same today and everyday.
Bring joy in heaven by leading a sinner to Christ and it will in turn be our joy and crown eternally.
Jooley Mathew Z
“Peter denied the Lord Jesus and he was the first to go back to fishing after Jesus’ death. But after he received the Holy Spirit he was a changed man.”
Perhaps the most surprising (and all-surpassing) grace that we see in the ministry of Peter is seen in Acts 5:14-16: ” MULTITUDES.. Brought forth the sick into the STREETS and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the SHADOW OF PETER PASSING BY might overshadow some of them.. AND THEY WERE HEALED EVERY ONE.” In fact such a miracle has not taken place at any other time. Peters’ shadow falling on bedridden sick people was enough to heal them. There were such crowds that no house or Hall was large enough to hold them. The sick had to be laid on the streets -‘AND THEY WERE HEALED EVERY ONE’. The Lord Jesus gave Peter a tremendous ministry which he himself did not do. The hem of the Lord’s garment healed many, but not his shadows. See what wonders the grace of God through the Holy Spirit, can do in a person!
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know… WHAT IS THE EXCEEDING OF HIS POWER TO US-WARD WHO BELIEVE ACCORDING TO THE WORKING OF HIS MIGHTY POWER. (Eph 1:18-19).
- TPM Morning Manna.
Stay Blessed 😊
🔥 Fire from Heaven 🔥
The disciples took to their heels during the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. They were stiff scared and remained behind locked doors after the resurrection of Jesus. But after the Tongues of Fire descended on them, their life transformed (Acts 2:3). The Holy Spirit empowered them to take the Gospel to the entire world.
Trials, troubles and tribulations could no longer terrify them. The shaky knees turned into kneeling knees. They all died as matyrs in the end. That is what happens when the Fire from Heaven fills a person. You need the Fire from Heaven to stand for God and testify Him.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
March 07, 2021