In the Spirit

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The call to obey God’s law rather than man’s requires us to be filled with God's Spirit.

The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:27–29).

I realize today that the call to obey God’s law rather than man’s when they conflict is a dangerous message. Why?

1.The Christian Fool Syndrome. In every body of believers, there are some Christian fools. They hear a sermon to obey God over man-made morality, so they go out with the best of intentions to tell those in authority where they are wrong. They confuse defiance and rebellion with godliness, when in most cases, they are simply obnoxious fools. Can’t you picture God, from heaven, looking at them, shaking His head, and saying, “Bless their hearts”?

2.This one can be really dangerous—being led by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. When God gives us an open door to speak about our faith in Christ, we need to do it in the Spirit. And yes, there may be repercussions, and yes, there may be objections, and yes, there may be legitimate persecution for doing so. But it’s not because we are acting the fool. It’s because we are obeying God rather than man, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

So, Christian, seek to be filled with God’s Spirit. Follow His prompting, and then leave the results up to God.

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