Friday, April 28, 2017

Acts 11:11-18

Acts 11:11-18
English Standard Version (ESV)

  There's a great Biblical history of people who decide against standing in God's way.  They recognize that God might be up to something, and so they go along with it, recognizing the futility of trying to oppose God.
  Granted, there are a lot of people who decide to try and oppose God.  It doesn't work out very well.  It would be like standing on a beach and telling a hurricane to turn around and head back out to sea -- one of us is a force to be reckoned with, while the other has overestimated my own power!  When God is at work, trying to see something through, it will be completed.  His Word goes out into the world and does not come back empty.
  That's why I don't worry about the future of the church.  With God behind it, the church will not be stopped.  The church may look different in 100 years than it does today, but there will still be a church.  There will always be a church.  To believe otherwise is to think that the ways of the world can thwart the church's appeal so powerfully that not one will still bow the knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  But there will always be those who recognize that the abundant life can be found only in Christ, and so we get out of the way, joining in what the Holy Spirit is doing and glorifying God every step of the way!

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