Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day five)

When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?”   It was a new circumstance and experience- the first persecution of Jesus’ followers. Peter and John found themselves questioned and comfronted by a who’s who of leaders and elders.   Were they scared?  Were they anxious?  Were they intimidated?  It would seem natural. But there was  a supernatural response. They were calm and courageous.  They were faithful.  Jesus’ words must have been in their hearts and minds. “and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them. The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.”‭‭ Mark‬ ‭13.

When we face difficult situations and circumstances we must remember and trust the words and promises of the Lord.   We must be faithful.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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  1. Authority is important in all organizations, from family, organization and at the national level. Without the establishment of authority, society will be in disorders. We will be in a constant confusion mode and ongoing conflicts; and nothing can be done and accomplished for the common good. Without authority, everyone becomes a ruler and a “boss”! Can we live in a family or work in an organization in which everyone sets up his or her rules and is his or her own boss? I know I cannot live and work in that structure and culture!! What happens when everyone is a commander? No authority, no organization!

    We live in a time when people seem to have a difficult time obeying authority. I found that people tend to forget that authority is an institution of God. God created it and has delegated it to mankind to maintain order in the world. I strongly believe that when we rebel against authority, we are rebelling against God.

    I don’t know about you but when I was “commanded” to do something, I always asked who has the authority over it. Knowing the source of authority provides me with the comfort to carry out the task or assignment to the best of my abilities and to avoid possible “rebellion” act, to minimize violations of established policies, rules and procedures. I don’t want to be trapped between God and Satan!

    God is the source of authority and Satan is the origin of rebellions and of disobedience! At the workplace, I found I gained more support and buy-in from others when I told folks who gave me the delegated authority for leading a particular assignment and for all decisions related to the assignment. Without legitimate authority, the chance for accomplishing any tasks is very unlikely. “Authority, command and obedience” is the framework for all successful operations. Great topic to focus on for the day!

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