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"If it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God." Acts 5:39      

The words of Christ to Peter, "When thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and carry thee whither thou wouldest not" went into the effect soon after Christ ascended on high. Peter obeyed Christ's command and fed the lambs and sheep bought by the blood of Christ. Because of that he was hated by many of his fellow Jews. Together with John he was imprisoned after some five thousand heard his words and believed.      

Not long afterwards he was again imprisoned with other Apostles. In the night, however, an angel freed them. The next day they were arraigned before the Jewish High Council and were asked to give an account of themselves. During the trial there arose a certain Gamaliel (reward of God) a doctor of the law, a Pharisee, and a member of the Sanhedrin. Held in high regard by the Jews. Paul received his training in the law under him.)known and respected for his wisdom and said that the Apostles ought to be left alone. For if theirs is the work of men, it will soon come to an end of itself. But if it is a work of God, no one will be able to overthrow it. Gamaliel was speaking divine wisdom. Christianity is its own defence. It is the work of God, and therefore it cannot be overthrown by men. The very powers of darkness are continually arrayed against it, and yet the Church continues to preach the Gospel of forgiveness and bring souls to Christ.      

Christian friends, For us opposition may take many different forms being rejected by family, passed over for a promotion, or shunned by friends. But regardless of the difficulties, if we are faithful to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will create rejoicing in our hearts.  

When pressures mount because we walk                                                              The path of truth and right,                                                                                                We can rejoice to know that we                                                                                     Are pleasing in God's sight.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - It's better to suffer for the cause of Christ than for the cause of Christ to suffer.
 

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