Acts 5 – Prayer and fasting Journal – January 6, 2017 – Pastor Dennis Shillingburg
Acts 5:38-39 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. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
There are certain things on earth you just can’t stop. No matter how much effort you employ, barrier you use, blockade you construct or law you pass – some things are unstoppable. Gamaliel recognized this principle early in the life of the Church. Gamaliel recognized when God moves on the hearts of people and empowers them to act in accordance with His purpose, fighting them is futile. Those who fight against God’s purpose in the hearts of people, may win temporary battles, but the war being waged is won when called people refuse surrender. There is evidence of this principle throughout history; Noah, Babel, Pharaoh, Philistines, Nebuchadnezzar, Empires, the Revolution and Constitution, Civil War to unite a nation and emancipate slaves, Holocaust, revival in China, and the list is volumes long. When God moves on the hearts of people and empowers them to act, the threat of imprisonment, legal action, death or failure has no lasting effect. When God moves upon the hearts of people, He does it to touch the earth with freedom – lasting freedom from the laws of sin, death, oppression and fear. I pray today we embrace God’s move for freedom. Not attempting to control His power, but walk in it to renew life, release grace and repeat over and over as an unstoppable force upon the earth standing against the power of darkness that seeks only to steal, kill and destroy life. Stand unstoppable today – share your hope!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10