GOD WILL WORK THROUGH ANYONE, AND USE ANYTHING IN ACCOMPLISHING HIS DIVINE PURPOSE! [PART IV]
34Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, held in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles outside a little while; 35And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do concerning these men … 38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing: 39But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God.”ACTS 5:34-35; 38-39,
ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
“Touch not the anointed of God” is not a new phrase even in our times.
David smote to death the Amalekite for Saul’s death (2 Samuel 1:14-16). See also 1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalm 105:15. The phrase, however, can be misused by misguided fellows. In the early church, the disciples waited on the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem before embarking on preaching (Acts 2:4). According to Luke, the Holy Spirit fell on each new group of believers: on Jews first (Acts 4:31), on Samaritans next (Acts 8:17), then Gentiles (Acts 10:44), and finally, on John the Baptist’s disciples (Acts 19:6).T he Book of Acts points decisively to the power of God, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Luke carefully notes that every major decision of the early church was made under guidance of the Holy Spirit, and because of his dominant role, the manifestation was visibly without doubt. The sick were not merely prayed for, they got healed often suddenly, as human nature was transformed dramatically. The disciples gradually began to understand what Jesus meant in John 16:7. The Holy Spirit also directed and orchestrated major advancement of the early church, sending Philip to meet an Ethiopian (Acts 8:29), setting apart missionaries in Antioch (Acts 13:2), guiding the first church council (Acts 15:1-28), and helping plan Paul’s itinerary (Acts 13:4; 16:6).Even though the early church lived dangerously under constant threats and persecution, it exerted such widespread influence to the extent that even in 2020, we are still products of her lasting impressions and expression of the Holy Spirit to the end of this age. The Holy Spirit is the perfect, reliable, consistent, and, present partner in a believers life. He leads the willing heart in all truth (John 16:13-14) and is the excellent, incorruptible, precise, impeccable and expedite GPS!
The Holy Spirit is no vague mist but a living person who speaks; the small, still voice guides us in decisions and fuels the church with the power of faith. Is the Holy Spirit behind our success? How is He active in our lives? Are our decisions provoked by Him or by our own minds, logic and intellect? We are encouraged to set our functions back on default mode and in tandem with the Holy Spirit such that our actions and manifestation becomes a reflection and portrait of his power. God still works through anyone and uses anything to accomplish His divine purpose(s). Nobody can stop, delay, sabotage, scuttle or refute the work of God’s hand. It defends and speaks for itself to manifest His glory. Working outside God’s will is an exercise in futility that only drains our efforts and leaves us frustrated without clear or tangible outputs that edify the body of Christ or glorify God. The Word of God is our guide and His Spirit is the radar.
We can only hold sway by staying rooted to the Word and listening to His voice, ALL THE TIME!
Yours in Christ’s service,