Acts 5:28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!38 Therefore, I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
How many people are ok with us speaking of and teaching principles and truth’s that originate from Scripture. Add the name of JESUS and it’s a different ball game. People are offended by the name and too often Christians are ashamed by it.
Thankfully the apostles stood firm and their faith and although they had experienced real jail time, once released by the power of the Holy Spirit, nothing could stop them. Immediately they obeyed the “GO” and preach in the city center. Delayed obedience is disobedience every time and disobedience does not please Jesus.
How true were the wise words of Gamaliel. “IF this of human hands it will fail. If it is truly from God then you can do whatever you wish but you will not be able to overcome almighty God. The truth was, the people were ok with a generic ‘god’ but attach a name, especially the name of Jesus and there is immediate resistance. Either way, I can choose to walk in the flesh and fail or to walk with Jesus and experience life and victory. I prefer the latter! I want JESUS to reign in my life today….and everday!