“But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men.  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree.  God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”  Acts 5:29-32


As Peter is explaining why they are doing what they are doing, after they have been told not to, he teaches us three important facts that should motivate every believer when they feel doubt or attack.  The First Fact is, God Raise Jesus from the dead.  In doing this he gave us an option that confirms the value of life and God’s power to direct it.  The Second Fact is, Jesus was raised to be King and Savior.  He has established His right to rule and those who follow Him are victorious.  The Third Fact is, Jesus offers the final solution to the human problem.  The guilt and baggage we carry is the result of sin.  As subjects of the King, we have forgiveness and can offer forgiveness. 


This freedom from fear, oppression and guilt pushes us to live in a way that brings our King honor and motivates us to share this freedom with others.  Peter explains that they are obligated to teach to truth of Jesus.  Even after being warned not to, because of the compelling way God honored their obedience, they had no choice.  May we capture that boldness and sense of purpose.  We are on the winning team.  Run to win the prize.



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