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Acts Part 15: Opposition makes you ready for miracles

14 AnThis classic Lockheed Sabre jet fighter appears to be poised for action, but in reality it is fastened firmly to a post on the ground. Are you ready for action or are you bound down?d seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15 But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, 16 saying, “ What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” 18 And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “ Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22 for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed
(Acts 4:14-22 NASB)

Testimonies cannot be disputed. The man was healed, all witnesses were praising God, there is no way to oppose that, and only fools will try. This is basically what the temple council concluded. So what to do? They threatened the disciples not to speak in the Name of Jesus. However, they refused to bow to this threat, vowing instead that they would rather obey God in all things than to obey men. They could not ignore what they had seen, and were utterly convinced that they must share all the Jesus Christ want’s them to share, and to continue glorifying God in the process.

Serving Jesus always causes some opposition, but don’t be afraid of it, always be ready for it. Think of it this way, if you are never facing opposition then you aren’t really serving Jesus, so use this truth as a measuring stick. An easy, trouble-free life is a life that is not serving God. The more opposition you face then the more effective you are in serving Jesus, then let Jesus use that opposition to do even more wonders, greater miracles, than He can do without it. Miracles can only happen when problems, opposition, and such like, are encountered. God uses negative situations to make His Kingdom known, and to extend His Kingdom.