KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 4:19 ” But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye”.
Apostle Peter and John were arrested by the religious leaders for healing a lame man. They asked them (Peter and John) not to preach anymore in the name of Jesus. Our key scripture reveals the answer they gave them ; “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye”. These men decided to commit themselves to the word of God.
Life circumstances may bring our way many situations that put a lot of pressure on us, to choose to do what may please us. We must always choose to do what God has said. God and his word are one Commitment to His word is commitment to Him. We may be tempted to relate to others according to how they treat us, yet the word says, we must forgive one another and be kind towards one another. Romans 12:21 reads “Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good”.
We cannot walk with God and continue to live by our flesh. To be fleshly minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6). It is a big irony to have a nation like Ghana as a Christian nation, yet a number of the public officers demand bribes before they would get their services executed. Contracts fees are not paid promptly because these officers demand monies before they make payments. . Most of these officers are supposed to be Christians. No wonder it is claimed there is so much hardship. Such people have put the fleshly gains ahead of the word of God. This thing gets serious when Pastors use all kinds of means to extort money from the congregation. Many organize programs with an agenda to make money. Remember what 1st Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some converted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”.
The flesh must never be allowed to rule and dominate us. Our commitment is to what God says, not what would make us feel comfortable at the expense of our spouses, neighbours. And what have you?
The Christian is the salt of the earth. Salt must dissolve, that is lose its state, so it could be beneficial to others. We are primarily givers not takers. This is what God’s word demands of us.
O Father help the church to understand our role on the earth, to be the light that we are. Let your children esteem your word above all gains.
Philippians 2:15. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Philippians 3:18-19 ” (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”