They Would Not Stop

“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”  Acts 5:42

This mornings More For Christ reading, “Acts 5:41-6:15,”  continues Luke’s narrative of the church in Jerusalem.  As one reads these verses it is so refreshing to see a church that stays focused on the gospel.  Certainly as you read this text, you are reminded that their work was not without trouble.

Here was a church that was now facing opposition from without (Religious leaders wanted them to stop proclaiming the gospel).  But they would not stop.  The church also faced opposition from within (Some in the church felt neglected).

In both instances the church followed God’s leadership in addressing the problems.  In the first instance they just said, “Praise the Lord,” and they continued preaching.  In the second, they recognized that there was a problem and they trusted in God’s solution which lead to their continuing preaching the gospel.

How refreshing to see a church handle its issues in life with such commitment and wisdom. Question, “What troubles are you facing in your life?”  Maybe the better question would be, “How are you handling the troubles in your life?”

Consider the early church.  Here was a group of people who only had the Holy Spirit and portions of the Word Of God.  However, their commitment was amazing because they discovered this was all they needed.

Someone once asked D. L. Moody, “How he gained so much wisdom?”  Here was his response, “I used to pray and ask God to give me wisdom.”  God’s response came back, “I have already given you wisdom.  What you need is the commitment to read what I have already said.”

As you follow the New Testament church, this very truth is seen over and over again.  This day allow me to challenge you to spend more time reading from God’s word.  As you do, wisdom will come as you start to hear and heed God’s word.

Daily I seek to apply this as I read one chapter in the book of Proverbs along with all my other readings.  This very day the wisdom you need to keep on keeping on is found in God’s precious word.


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