VIDEO Unstoppable

And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it. Acts 5:38-39

As Christian actor Kirk Cameron recently reminded us, even with the uncertainties of today’s headlines, “God is still on His throne, and all throughout time He’s used everything from the weather, to enemy nations, to the sin of His own people, and the prayers of the people of God to work together to accomplish His purposes.”[1] Some seasons of life and ministry can seem discouraging, but we must remind ourselves of what wise Gamaliel said years ago—the work of God on this earth is unstoppable. 

The setting in Acts 5 involved the disciples, who had been spreading the Gospel throughout Jerusalem. The Jewish ruling council was furious and gathered to determine what to do with the apostles. Rabbi Gamaliel stood and warned them to be cautious, “For if this plan or this work is of… God, you cannot overthrow it.”

God will work everything together for the advancement of His kingdom, and He will not leave you behind. His work cannot be halted or hindered.

The movement of the church is unstoppable, and we are invited to participate.

Ed Stetzer

[1]John Paluska, “Kirk Cameron: ‘God Is Still on His Throne’ Amid Season of Uncertainty,” Christian Headlines, October 9, 2020.

Fight With God, Acts 5:39 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

Waiting for a Blessing

Though it linger, wait for it. Habakkuk 2:3

A popular restaurant in Bangkok serves soup from a broth that has been cooking for forty-five years and is replenished a bit each day. The practice, called “perpetual stew,” dates back to medieval times. Just as some “leftovers” taste better a few days later, the extended cooking time blends and creates unique flavors. The restaurant has won multiple awards for the most delicious broth in Thailand.

Good things often take time, but our human nature struggles with patience. The question “How long?” occurs throughout the Bible. One poignant example is from the prophet Habakkuk, who begins his book by asking, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Habakkuk (whose name means “grappler”) prophesied God’s judgment on his country (Judah) through the invasion of the ruthless Babylonian Empire, and he wrestled with how God could allow corrupt people to prosper as they exploited others. But God promised hope and restoration in His own time: “For the revelation [of God’s help] awaits an appointed time . . . . Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (2:3).

The Babylonian captivity lasted seventy years. By human reckoning that’s a long time, but God is always faithful and true to His Word.

Some of God’s best blessings may be long in coming. Though they linger, keep looking to Him! He prepares every blessing with perfect wisdom and care—and He’s always worth waiting for.

By:  James Banks

Reflect & Pray

What blessings are you waiting for from God? How do you plan to worship Him regardless of when blessings come?

Abba, Father, thank You for Your kindness and faithfulness in every season and blessing of life. Help me to look forward to You most of all.

The Grace to Wait

Psalm 62:5-8

Nobody in our culture likes to wait. It’s easy to become impatient for the doctor to enter the exam room, the grocery cashier to work faster, or the website to load. Patience can even be elusive in our relationship with God if He doesn’t answer our prayer requests as soon as we want.

David, the author of today’s psalm, wrote often about the need to wait on the Lord. In the original language, this word means “to rest quietly” or “to quiet oneself.” Does that describe how you wait, or do you fret and worry?

The key to waiting quietly for the Lord is to maintain your hope in Him regardless of your situation. That’s how David was able to wait for God’s ordained time to become king. Although he was anointed as king in his youth, the promise wasn’t fulfilled until he was 30 years old. In those intervening years he suffered much hardship and unfairness, but he upheld his hope in the Lord.

Are you waiting today for God to change or accomplish something in your life? If so, follow David’s example: With awareness that the Lord is your refuge and strength, trust in both His timing and provision.

The Awesome Word

“Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.” (Psalm 119:161)

This stanza of Psalm 119 is rich in descriptions of the way God’s Word envelops the believer in awe and wonder. This initial focus is of the heart rather than the mind. Our minds are key to growth and maturity in Christ (Romans 12:1-2), but the heart must be engaged in our relationship with our heavenly Father (Luke 10:27).

The psalmist rejoiced in the Word of God “as one that findeth great spoil” (Psalm 119:162). Peter taught that the Word “liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). It is far more than written text; it is the very God-breathed words by which the Lord Jesus will ultimately judge the world (John 12:48).

Love for the Word of God can cause the godly to “hate and abhor lying” (Psalm 119:163) and begin to recognize the way that God exercises His “righteous judgments” (v. 164) on those who dare to flaunt their wickedness. Nothing, the psalmist noted, “shall offend them” (v. 165). That mature perception brings praise “seven times a day” (v. 164). It also brings “great peace” (v. 165), the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Reveling in the wonder and awe of the Scriptures brings a stable “[hope] for [our] salvation” (Psalm 119:166), which in turn produces an open obedience to the commandments of God and a “soul” commitment to guard the Word (v. 167). This godly lifestyle is assured by those who understand that “all [our] ways are before thee” (v. 168). “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). HMM III

Sending Something Better

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. —John 16:13

Our trouble is that we are trying to confirm the truth of Christianity by an appeal to external evidence. We are saying… “Here is a great statesman who believes the Bible. Therefore, the Bible must be true.” We quote Daniel Webster, or Roger Bacon. We write books to show that some scientist believed in Christianity: therefore, Christianity must be true. We are all the way out on the wrong track, brother! That is not New Testament Christianity at all. That is a pitiful, whimpering, drooling appeal to the flesh. That never was the testimony of the New Testament, never the way God did things—never! You might satisfy the intellects of men by external evidences, and Christ did, I say, point to external evidence when He was here on the earth. But He said, “I am sending you something better. I am taking Christian apologetics out of the realm of logic and putting it into the realm of life. I am proving My deity, and My proof will not be an appeal to a general or a prime minister. The proof lies in an invisible, unseen but powerful energy that visits the human soul when the gospel is preached—the Holy Ghost!”   HTB029-030

Lord, open our ears that we might hear when the Holy Spirit speaks. Amen.

He Gives…and Keeps

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Romans 6:23

As humans, we are aware that if we give something away, we give it up for the time it is away from us. But God lends without giving anything up. God gives you life but He is still the life He gives you so He loses nothing by giving it to you.

So with everything else. God is power, but when He gives you power He does not give His power away. He gives wisdom, but He does not lose it when He gives it. He gives grace, but He does not part with His grace. He keeps it while He gives it because it is Himself that He gives.

So it is with everything—wisdom, being, power, holiness and every quality God bestows upon men. God is constantly giving of Himself to us, because God is life!

Life is sacred….There is a great truth involved here for human beings—for eternal life can best be described as having God in the soul! EFE041

Salvation is a stream of grace that [flows] to men from the foundation of the Father’s love. We have done nothing to deserve it….It is the gift of

God’s love. CTBC, Vol. 6/080

God’s Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Time flies, as the expression goes, and we’re often left wondering where it all went. The clock ticks relentlessly on, defying our attempts to keep the pace. And if we get far enough behind schedule, time seems like some cruel, oppressive force keeping us in sheer frustration.

Do you spend time fighting the clock? Does it control your behavior patterns, set your limits, dictate your opportunities, keep you moving too quickly, rarely allowing you to stop, consider and perceive the deeper realities? Do you sometimes end the day feeling as if you have lost a race?

I’ve taken my fair dosage of the so-called Protestant Ethic in my time. I know what it means to be obsessed with the fear of wasting time.

The scientific western world has succeeded in quantifying time. It has been defined as a measurement: seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, etc. Calibrated points on a continuum. The Bible has a much more interesting view. Since God transcends time, He doesn’t need our means of time measurement to keep track. His time is different from ours. What is God’s time like?

First, it is a gift. We don’t have to “make time” in order to be good Christians. God the Creator is the only one who “makes time.” He gives it to us as a gift. This means that we can relax from our obsessive-compulsive drive to fill up our time with scheduled activity. Instead, we can ask, “I wonder what opportunity God is giving in this moment, this day? How shall I respond to this gift?”

Second, God’s time has content. In New Testament times the Greek language had two words for time. Chronos referred to measured time, the sequence of hours, days, years. Kairos implied much more: time with a distinct quality or purpose. It meant the right time for something to happen, the ripe time for events to come to fruition. God’s time is kairos. Jesus began His public ministry with this the announcement: “The time (kairos) is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15 KJV).

Third, God’s time has purpose. It moves toward a goal. In the Bible, time progresses toward a definite goal set by God. The Book of Revelation describes this goal as “a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1). Today has meaning because it points toward tomorrow.

Let us then increasingly ask God rather than the clock or calendar what time it is, how God’s tomorrow beckons our today. How’s your timing?

Philip D. Needham, The War Cry