Wednesday, October 17, 2012

They Can't Stop You!

Acts 5:39
If it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.

It’s amazing how other people can allow jealousy to fill them to the point that they want to see you fail. The more you attempt for God, the more susceptible you are to jealousy. The craziest thing is that the people who are the most jealous are actually the people who should be the happiest for you. After all, you are fighting for the same thing but then at some point they turn and start fighting against you.

We cannot waste time on people who want us to fail. We have to concentrate on doing what God called us to do. We must preach the full gospel of what Jesus has proclaimed in our lives. We have to stand in the temples, churches, and marketplace to proclaim the good news to the poor. We have to fulfill the mission and assignment that God has given us. We have to carry out the plans that God had for us while we were in our Mother’s womb. If God is for you, they can’t stop you!

The Sanhedrin Council was a group of religious leaders that were jealous of the Apostles because the people were leaving tradition and following these fired up Apostles who were preaching Jesus. The Bible says that they were filled with Jealousy. People were coming back to God and they were filled with jealousy. People were putting sick people in the street to be healed, hoping Peter’s shadow would fall on them but the religious leaders were filled with Jealousy. The community was being changed and transformed but they were filled with Jealousy. SMH!

The Religious Council tried to stop the Apostles by:
  1. Arresting them and putting them in public jail. Sometimes, we experience “arrested development” because of jealous people who try to stop our momentum but God will send an angel to remind you, “Go stand and preach the full message!” They might arrest you but they can’t stop you!
  2. They tried to intimidate them and make them shut up. V.28 they said, “Didn’t we tell you not to teach about this ‘Jesus?!’ “You are making us look bad!” Peter replied, “We must obey God rather than men.” When you know God is with you, you can no longer go the route of pleasing men but you have to obey God. They can’t stop you!
  3. They tried to kill them! If God is with you nobody can stop you until his will is done in your life. If God is with you they will just be fighting against God and their arms are too short to box with God! They can’t stop you!
Dear God,

Help me to stay focused on what you’ve called me to do and not waste energy on my haters. Give me strength to finish what you started in me. I’m confident today, that they can’t stop me!

In Jesus Name,

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