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Don’s Daily Devotions

Join us as we read the scriptures and a daily devotion written by Don Crisp. We pray these messages will bless us all at this time.

Saturday 26 September: Acts 5:39b-42

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Saturday 26 September: Acts 5:39b-42:

V39b:  So they take Gamaliel’s advice – though only up to a point, for…

V40:  …they have the Apostles beaten ( unlawfully, for they have faced no charges ), forbid them again to speak in the Name of Jesus ( which has proved a fruitless demand 3 times already ) and let them go.

V41:  Leaving the council, they rejoice that they have been ” counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the Saviour’s Name.” They count the beatings as nothing in His cause, rather see it as a privilege, a blessing, to suffer for His sake. ( so, Matthew 5:11-12.)  Would this be our response? How far we seem to be from this in experiencing even minor opposition in these days.

V42:  And they simply continue their gospel witness, and their proclamation that Jesus is truly the Christ, the Messiah, doing this every day, both in the temple and “from house to house” – the beginning of ” door-to door evangelism”?  So, all attempts to suppress the gospel come to nothing, then and ever since, for this is ” the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” ( Romans 1:16.) and it will never be defeated. May we never lose our confidence in this mighty gospel, or our commitment to its spread, under the sovereign hand of God.