July 7, 2015

Acts 5_29

Acts 5:27-42

“We must obey God rather than men.” With these words the Apostle Peter declared to the council that they must defy their order to stop preaching Jesus to the people. Regardless of the threats, the apostles knew they had to teach everyone the truth that Jesus is the Christ.

Today the church is once again threatened to stop teaching the truth of God’s Word in Jesus’ name. What will we do? Will we cave in as have so many, or will we stand firm and proclaim in truth the life giving message of Jesus Christ.

Recently, the Supreme Court has declared not to be sin that which God, in his Word says is sin. Jesus says in Luke 17:1-2, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” When our actions lead people to sin, we are in trouble. But if we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will not lead people to sin. Who will you obey – God or man?

Prayer: Dear God, fill me with the Holy Spirit that I might fearlessly proclaim the truth of your Word to the world. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to July 7, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    One of the problems that I have seen is the churches may lose their status as a church in the eyes of the government if they do obey God’s commands. Refuse to marry a gay couple and they will sue the church and the church loses it’s 501(c)3 status. Men are blind to what is happening today. Will the church be able to stand up under the pressure?

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