Monthly Archives: May 2014

4 Reason Why It Is Wrong to Fear Men Part 2

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“Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”–Acts 5:28-29

3.) They can put you down because of who you are, but what matters is what we are in Christ.

Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

Does it matter to a Christian how unbelievers think of us? The ungenerated may prioritize on education we achieve, the success that we had or how we look but all is farce compare on who Christ thing of us. Our identity in Christ is the most important thing

4.) They can threaten you, but persecution is promised before hand.

You may read lots of verses pertaining to the promises of God to a believer. But dont forget Jesus promised that you will be persecuted forrighteous sake. This will definately will pin you down and instill fear to your heart.

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness ‘sake:for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:for great is your reward in heaven:for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Despite of the persecution, according to verse 12 of Matthew 5, we are to rejoice and be glad for God will take note of it and reward you. Look at what the apostles did after they were threaten by the enemies of Christ:

Acts 4:23-30 “And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.”

May this be our response as we face men for Christ fearlessly.

 

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4 Reason Why It Is Wrong to Fear Men Part 1

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“Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”–Acts 5:28-29

If you are reading our text for this post, it will be fitting for us to go back to chapter 4 of Acts. As you can see, the accounts of chapter 5 is the second time that the apostles has been arrested and appeared at the council of the religious leaders.Isn’t this dejavu? We can see that for the second time, they are standing for God. Will you stand for God in the midst of opposition? Do you fear God more than men? Believer, its your duty to be a gospelizer and a witness to God.

So one might ask: why is it wrong to fear men? Here are the 4 reasons:

1.) They can hinder you, but you are unstoppable.

Acts 4:3 “And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day:for it was now eventide.”

Acts 4:21 “So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people:for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

The disciples are released because they cant find fault on what they have done. Their opponents had a hint that this is a work of God.

2.) They can question you, but you know the answers.

Acts 4:8-12 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Pressing words were thrown to the Apostle Peter on verse 7. Unbelievers may question us on matters of our faith. They may also jeer or laugh at us. We must not be discourage. In truth they are the ones who should fear for their lives because they dont know the most important answer to the question: where will I be when I die? For Peter, this became an opportunity to preach the good news to the ungenerate individual.

(To be concluded next week…)

 

CLC Book Review Round Up 4

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It’s almost the end of summer and school is just around the corner. I could feel all some of you are having mixed emotions of going back to school. But don’t fret! Indulge yourself for the last few weeks in reading your favorite book from CLC Philippines. And as usual, if you missed our book review we rounded it up here for your reading pleasure. If you like what you read, then go to the nearest CLC Bookshops, PCBS or National Bookstore or online http://www.clcphilippines.com for these titles. End this summer with a bang…or should I say a book… 🙂

The Joyful Heart (Daily Meditation) by Watchman Nee

Taking God Seriously by Stuart Briscoe

Running on Empty by Jill Briscoe

Resisting Gossip by Matthew C. Mitchell (read my interview with Pastor Mitchell here)

UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

You might also check out Round Up 1Round Up 2 and Round Up 3….Enjoy!!!!

 

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something introvert whose passion is to proclaim the good news about God. He wears many hats but he is just an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God. You can reach him at his FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram.

Fearless Obedience to God

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“Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”–Acts 5:28-29

Fear is natural to man. We all have fears. But being a Christian reaching out this dying world, we should be fearless. Fearless to proclaim the gospel and live holy lives. That is what God mandated us to be. But how do we walk fearlessly?

Answer: Obey God

As we look at our text, we can see that the apostles were arrested for preaching he truth. But despite of being arrested, they continue to stand for what is right. They attribute their allegiance to the God than to falliable men.

Then we should ask as believers, who is this God that we need to obey? Reading further to chapter 5 of Acts we see two reasons:

1.) He is the True and Living God– Acts 5:30 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.” Peter is saying the God they are proclaiming is not conjured up by the Christians. It is the very God that guided Abraham’s through the ages. The God who created us. The God who is sovereign. The true God that both the apostles and their opponents should follow.

2.) He is the Savior – Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” God is the Savior. But as Peter responds to his opponents, notice that the way he shifts from God to Jesus. Taking a closer look at the words, we can see Jesus is God because they attribute saviorhood to Christ which is exclusive to God. Again notice “for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins”. Salvation in whole is of God and sinful men cannot and will not seek for it.

Do you treasure your salvation? Do you acknowledge that God is sovereign. Then exalt the one who gave it to you. Disregardthe threats of men form stopping you to follow God. Be fearless!