Acts 4:19 Who To Listen To

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes; to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!” Acts 4:19

Everywhere a person goes, someone is telling him what is allowed to be done and what cannot be done. While most rules are done for the good of most people and should be followed, there can be rules made that are not the best.

Peter and John had been preaching in public and were arrested. They were told not to preach. Peter and John asked who they were to listen to, God or the leaders.

The world, as a whole, does not like to hear the gospel message being told. The message points out that they are wrong and in sin. No one wants to be told that he is wrong.

People and governments will do what they can to separate and silence believers. Groups are saying that believers must accept and promote alternate lifestyles. In this time of COVID, many people are being told that they cannot gather to worship God or talk about God. Many other things are being told to believers to silence them.

Some of the world has even infiltrated the church as leaders and promote the lies of the world.

Every believer must make a choice as to who he will listen to. Jesus told believers to go and make disciples, to preach the gospel message everywhere, to lay hands on people and pray for healing.

If a person is listening to the world, he will not be allowed to do any of these things and more. Disobeying the world, in order to obey God, may result in an arrest or worse, but will also result in an eternal prize.

It will always be better to obey God’s eternal, life giving rules, than to obey man’s death bringing rules.

As you go through your days, there will be times that the world will try to get you to do things that go against God. Sometimes the consequences of not following the ways of the world may result in persecution or arrest.

You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to and obey. If you choose to listen to the world, you are choosing the path leading to death. If you choose to listen to God, you are choosing the path to eternal life.

Make your choice today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God’s word; that God will give you boldness to obey Him over the world; and that you will be God’s witness everywhere you go.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Luke 24:5 Looking For Life

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5

One thing that people are searching for all over the world is life. They want to have a life that is fulfilled and successful. Most want to be happy and be able to really enjoy life.

In the process of looking for this type of life, people will search any thing and every where. There are few things that people will not try in order to get the life that they are seeking.

After Jesus had died, some women went to His tomb, only to find He was not there. Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they searched for the living among the dead. Jesus was not there, because He had risen from the dead.

Searching for meaning, purpose and life in this world, is searching among the dead. Everything that the world claims to bring purpose and life is dead. Those things are focused on the here and now, the temporary, which is dead and will pass away.

The only thing that gives true purpose and life is seeking God through Jesus Christ. Instead of searching on the level in this fallen, dead world, one must look up to God.

Some in the church let themselves fall into the ways of the world, seeking temporal life, rather than leaning on God for all life. Instead of looking among the dead, believers must get among other believers, the living, and with God to find real life.

Jesus brings a life that is real and eternal. It will meet the desires of the heart more than any thing in this world could ever offer.

As you are going through life, you must decide what you are really seeking to find. If you are desiring real life, then you must turn away from the dead things of this world, that have absolutely nothing of value to offer you.

Turn your search to knowing God more and more each day. It is only Jesus who can offer true life. He rose from the dead and is alive to this day and will remain alive for eternity.

Jesus offers this same life to you today. All you have to do is seek Him, repent of your sins and accept the life He has for you. Don’t seek life among the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that you will seek purpose and fulfillment in God alone; and that you will live to serve God.

Luke 23:46 In God’s Hands

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

Last moments of life, going into death, are often scary for most people. They do not know what to expect. They often cling to life refusing to want to give up and die. The unknown is something that awaits them and it is fearful.

It is in these last moments of life that many people realize how temporary life is and how little material things really are.

As Jesus was giving up His last breaths of life and dying, He committed His Spirit to the Father, God, and died.

The commitment of His Spirit to the Father is His absolute trust in God to take care of His Spirit and bring Him back to life.

Just as those in the world fear death, there are some believers who fear it also. They question what they believe and what God is going to do. As this happens, it is a sign that they really don’t know or understand God’s great, eternal and perfect love for them.

The only reason God sent Jesus to die was to save people from their sins and give them eternal life. This is perfect love. Knowing this, the believer can trust God’s word and His actions. God will never go back on His word.

At the moment a believer fully trusts God’s perfect word, he can face death with the peace Jesus had. He will be able to commit his life and spirit to God, knowing God will raise him from the dead to eternal life.

This takes away all the fear and unknown of death. There is eternal life found after physical death on this earth.

You may or may not have come close to death yourself. You most likely have seen known of others to die. When you are faced with death, you may have wondered what is next and if you are ready for it. Questions may arise in your heart about whether God will save you or not.

As long as you believe in the work and grace of Jesus and you repent of your sins, God will save you. The life you now live is only temporary. Commit your life and Spirit to God and He will give you eternal life.

Rest in knowing God loves you, forgives you and will raise you from the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy towards you; and that you will commit your life and spirit into God’s hands.

Luke 13:32 No Stopping Under Threats

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'” Luke 13:32

Setting a goal is something that many people do. They have dreams of accomplishing something and set a goal to achieve it.

Although goals are commonly set, most do not reach their goals. Most hit some roadblock or difficulty and give up. Or the goal costs too much for them to continue to pursue it.

Some of the Pharisees suggested to Jesus that He leave the area because Herod wanted to kill Him. Instead of leaving, Jesus told them that He would continue to do what He does until He reaches His goal–death on a cross.

Every time a goal is set, there will also be some obstacles that a person must overcome. Every goal will come with some challenges to stay focused in order to reach the goal.

The ultimate goal Jesus had was to die upon the cross in order to give life to those who follow Him. Every believer must also have an ultimate goal in his life. That goal is to die to self so that he may live for Christ.

Doing the work of God upon this earth is the beginning of dying to self. Every day God presents opportunities for the believer to do His work upon this earth.

As these opportunities arise, there will always be challenges to accomplishing them. Satan and the world will be out to kill the believer, either physically or mentally. They do not want the believer to succeed.

Yet, each believer must be determined to continue to do God’s work until that goal is met. He must die to self and be a witness to as many people as possible, as he becomes more like Jesus each day.

God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. You must determine in your heart that you will not give up or stop short of that goal.

When this fallen world puts obstacles in your way or threatens your life, keep going forward. Do not let threats of the enemy stop you from what God has for you.

Keep doing the work God places before you day by day and reach that goal.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will do the work God has for you; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.