Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Who's Gon' Stop Me?

Who Gon’ Stop Me?

Acts 5:38-39 38 Therefore, 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. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

Newton’s Law of Physics states that an object set in motion will remain in motion unless a force equal to or greater comes against it.

Every day we set out towards our goal to accomplish something noteworthy in our lives; whether it’s a pursuit of our daily bread, some big business deal, trying to reach our fitness goal, or reaching a business deadline. We all are trying to fight through resistance to get to where we need to be and do what we need to do.

Kanye West has a song called, “Who’s Gonna Stop Me?”  The lyrics go something like this:

This is something like the Holocaust
Millions of our people lost
Bow our heads and pray to the Lord
Till I die I’m going to “surely” Ball
Now who gon stop me?!

Kanye in his over-sized confidence sincerely believes that there is no other MC that can stop him in his pursuit of lyrical acclaim but as has been proven in the past, Kanye is his own worst enemy sometimes. The force that propels him and derails him at the same time is his EGO. Ego can work for us or against us. It can work against us if it E.G.O. (Edges God Out) or it an work for us if we E.G.O. (Exalt God Only).

The Apostles had been set out by God, they had been set in motion to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thousands of people were being saved, healed, and delivered. The religious leaders tried to put them in jail but God sent an Angel to let them out. The Apostles couldn’t be stopped; they went back in the temple preaching the Gospel. Since the religious leaders couldn’t control them they tried to kill them. One of the religious leaders named Gamaliel, stopped them and asked them, “who’s gon stop them?”
  1. If this is from human origin (Edging God Out), they will fail. If we set out to do something out of our ego it may succeed for a while but it will eventually come to a halt if God is not in it.
     2. If it is from God (Exalting God only) it can’t be stopped. No matter how much people want to
         stop you or block you, if God is the force behind your movement nothing can stop you from
         going forward. Just make sure:

                  a) You are prayed up. Bathing ourselves in prayer ensures that we are acting out of the
                      Holy Spirit and not our ego.
                  b) Get your ego out of the way. This is not about you getting attention but making sure  
                       that God gets all of the Glory.
                  c) Get ready for opposition. Anytime you are doing something for God you will get
                       resistance from religious and non-religious people.

                  d) Celebrate your suffering. Even after they let the Apostles go, they flogged them before
                       releasing them. The apostles rejoiced that they were worthy of suffering disgrace for
                       the sake of the Gospel. Antagonism accompanied by obedience is confirmation that
                       you are Exalting God Only. Rejoice!
                   e) Get Ready for Victory. After you press through resistance, victory is on the other side.
                       Get ready for God to use you in a mighty way today!

Dear God,

Thank you for counting me worthy to send me out to preach your Gospel. Nothing or Nobody is going to stop me from finishing what you called me to do. Father, keep your hands on us as you push us through to our destiny in you. Thank you for sending me in a New Direction!

In Jesus Name,


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