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April 26, 2022 8:00 am
There is nothing more writing dialogue and when you stand your ground and I will show that when you're standing my commander-in-chief you will make your enemy not only moving fully practical words to help you scheme To what ever you're facing today is leading the way with pastor and author Dr. Michael you sent you the early church experience resistance and persecution was violent and deadly. Many faithful believers were imprisoned and tortured and put to death, but they turned the trials into pulpits, declaring Jesus the cross and the resurrection Christians and Western churches have limited understanding as to what it really means to be persecuted. Freedom to worship as a crux of culture and yet the foundation is getting washed away a little more each day to day four of Satan schemes and the biblical response. If you have your Bible and your situation allows. Join Dr. Michael you set in acts chapter 4 to experience God's power for daily living. Also, go when I was writing my book.
Know your eliminate some of you read it.
I had a conversation with the devil.
Some of your site are all human. You talk to the devil quite frequently. In fact, when I have a particular conversation with the devil that was assigned to me by the enemy who is trying to stop her from writing this book and revealing his tactics now about suggesting you should do that.
By the way, stayed behind the battle lines list God specifically call you the spiritual warfare. But back then the devil began to speak to me in front of Henry from writing the book. Also, do not tell me if you're honest just be honest for a little bit become be honest enough, is a liar and he lost himself actually deceives himself. You can be honest only what kind of a strategy to use in attacking the soldiers of Jesus Christ who are in active duty or active duty.
Yes, because I you know and I know and the devil knows that it doesn't bother with sleepy Christians.
The devil does not bother with Christians who are into idolatry of self worship and self pleasing and self-promoting the devil doesn't bother with a Christian who is living in disobedience you're really doing his work for him. It doesn't have voice to stop when you what the devil told me is what the Bible has already revealed, and most of you already know that he basically has a two-pronged strategy who uses the unbelievers from without, in order to intimidate his people uses the believers from within.
In order to discourage and dishearten the faithful uses outside forces in order to intimidate the active Christians into silence in order to intimidate active Christians into compromise.
But then he uses some within the church. The unsuspecting egotistical Christian in order that he might harass, in order that he might hassle. The effective uses the ungodly forces of the world in order to numb us and doing activities at the same time uses #Christian within the church to disturb your peace uses the temptation of the world and worldly temptation so that we might get into an action and then he uses sending Christians to steal our joy. Two-pronged strategy. This two-pronged strategy has been Satan's strategy since the beginning of time it has never changed.
He has modified his strategy has always been the same. P has deviated from where the lines were running around looking for different strategies in every generation, Satan never changes his strategy that's always been the same.
All he uses a lot of cunning, conniving, scheming. Yes, he comes at you with such speed that even the greatest of scientists are surprised.
Yes, he will choose his time very carefully and very cunningly, but the two-pronged strategy never changes. This is precisely the strategy he used against the first Church of the apostles you know about the church. The first Church of the apostles was the first Church of Jesus. While the apostles were the leaders as the work of God began to take hold in Jerusalem as the gospel began to convert people as the gospel began to change lives. As the Holy Spirit began to convert people and consecrate them as the early church began spiritual success. If you like. Satan moved in with two-pronged strategy from without is stirred up trouble through the Jewish rulers, the Jewish leaders from within. He deceived and misled unsuspecting, careless, insecure, egotistical church members by appealing to their fragile egos.
Dr. Luke makes it very clear that this particular persecution was not coming from the pagan world.
It was not coming from the Romans that this particular persecution later on the gun have their troubles with the Romans, but this particular persecution was coming from the religious leaders. This type of persecution was instigated by the Sadducees.
Now let me just stop for a moment and tell you a few things about the Sadducees and when I'm through, you will understand exactly who they are and who are there equivalents in our society because we got them. Believe me, I dealt with them. I've known them on first name basis. The Sadducees were the ruling class of the wealthy aristocracy.
The sender sees where the politically correct liberal establishment, the Sadducees, where the religious people who ingratiated themselves with the media lords of the day the Sadducees believed that the messianic age had come and gone and they no longer looking for a Messiah as the rest of the Jewish sects. The Sadducees were the ones who denied the Old Testament doctrine of the resurrection of the body so you can understand the hard burns when the apostles were running around saying we saw Jesus with own eyes. Rising from the and did not like that one bit fact of them. That was a Maalox moment, but they were not alone. Dr. Luke tells us of the Jewish rulers of the temple. The elders of the Jewish Temple of the Jewish tribes, the priests of the temple, including the current high priest and the former high priest was his father-in-law.
The teachers of the law, or if you like. These were the professors of divinity and theology, and of the universities that were altogether on this deal.
All in all, there were six categories that Luke tells us six categories of people plus some and identified individuals that we don't know who they are all united in opposition against the teaching of the supremacy of Jesus Christ is what they were doing. They did not like the preaching of the supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ and that is why all these miserable groups got together and got united with those groups of people who are not only can stand each other. I mean, the Sadducees and the Pharisees were at each other's throat. They literally hate each other's guts arming each other, they got together and they got united what Luke tells us why.
Chapter 4 of acts, verse two, he said because the apostles were giving an eyewitness account of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why, but why did they put the apostles on trial with question one over arching reason is that they wanted to intimidate the realtor they wanted to intimidate they wanted to silence them. They have no legal case so they resorted to intimidation, as if to say, well, let's see, let's see how you gonna behave after one not in prison let you cool your heels and in the slammer for for Nitin to see how high gonna take that. Let's just see what's gonna happen to you as break their spirits and I think once we shake them up a little bit intimidate them a little but I think they gonna cave-in ostracizing this alley and make them less tell them that they are out of the mainstream, less tell them that there are extremist let's tell them that there are bigoted and they are sick. Let's tell them that their views to be silenced and the sooner the better.
Why, why go to all this trouble because they were afraid lest people hear the truth believe the truth and embrace the truth. In fact, verse four ask for Luke tells us that many who heard the message believed in the number grew to 5000. Remember only two weeks ago there were 3060% increase that is a real threat to a politician now. Not only does Satan strategy never changes but it always listen to me carefully. It always fails to intimidate the faithfulness it will always fail to intimidate the faithfulness listen to.
I'm going to tell you I know all about intimidation's many of you know that I know all about intimidation's that are designed to silence the preaching of the word of God are used to get regular calls that were designed to silence me. The only success I have is this wasted bit of my time little bit of my energy, but that could never hinder the word of God in the year 33 A.D. in Jerusalem. The apostles were being intimidated into silence. But then swear unless you see all of the facts were on the side and Peter responded to the Sanhedrin was such irrefutable evidence that there were actually what role they did not know how to react what to say he} you must never be afraid to stand up for the truth of the gospel. You must never be bullied or intimidated into silence. The facts on your side, the historical evidence on the side. The truth is on your side and God is on your side ask for choses their bafflement when they could not refute the evidence. They said that these fellows didn't go to the right skills.
This is absolutely unbelievable.
These guys didn't even get proper education. They did not have the right shows. But we have to admit we just have to confess that I have brought us to be with the truth they have got is complete with the facts that have gone is bamboozled with evidence. Our minds were Saul made up but there are confusing us with the facts and Peter shows him how ludicrous their argument was resting is because of a miracle is that what you're resting is for something the enemy is never logical because they don't have the truth on the side. Are you harassing us because we believe in the supernatural God is only doing you are trying to intimidate us because we saw a man who was crippled for 14 years and now he's standing before you in perfect health and exactly what they were doing what they were before amount of time and I just got to the introduction I want to share with you and I want you to notice the four things about Satan's attack from without. Make note of them their bottommost importance. You see what the evil one means for evil.
What Satan means for evil God always can turn it around for this loving and bring good out of it and uses it for good. Joseph taught us that his brothers hated him and they thought they got rid of him, but God had a bigger plan for Joseph. See the evil one means it for evil but God turns it brings good out of it. Satan wanted to destroy the first church, but instead the following things happen number one Peter and the apostles become more courageous and fearless like they have never thought they could the apostles want not be silenced. Even the threat of their lives. Peter would've run if that was two months earlier. Let me remind you of something that you already know there is nothing more aggravating to a bully than when you take your stand. Nothing more aggravating to a bully than you refusing to give in by large bullies are cowards.
They really are there cowards and when you stand your ground. They will show the true color he} when you are wrapped up with the full armor of God, you can stir down the enemy when you're standing behind your commander-in-chief. You will make your enemy not only blink but fully, but you notice one thing here very important very important when the apostles talked about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The members of the Sanhedrin did not dispute the evidence. Why did not dispute the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ because they couldn't. That's why standing on the truth gives you courage, standing on the rock of ages gives you the strength to do what you think in your flesh to be impossible. Standing on the power of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will embolden you to become fearless, wildly persecution of the attack of the enemy from without first gave encouragement.
Secondly, because of the attack from without the apostles experienced incredible solidarity among themselves. Persecution strengthens the true believers. Persecution binds them together. Persecution unites the true believers. Persecution draws the true believers to each other unto the Lord that you and I don't like the devil's attack. If you do something wrong with him in you and I don't seek the devil's attack. We don't. You and I don't enjoy the devil's attack, but there is nothing that will draw you closer to the Lord. Nothing that will draw you closer to your brothers and sisters in Christ than the enemy's attack please him right. The reason the churches in the West are fat and unhappy is because they do not know what it is to truly be persecuted for the name of Jesus.
When I travel overseas. I get all fired up by the strength of the persecuted believers attack from without, gave the apostles courage attack from without bond them together in solidarity. Thirdly, attack from without help the apostles to turn the persecution into appropriate I'm in far from cowering to the intimidation attack soon okay okay I'll be nice please just leave me alone I want say anything. I'll try to be winsome. I'll try to be nice to just get us out of here and we will do whatever you tell us to do. I mean I just not going to take a stand anymore. I've had enough of this one not been jealous enough I'll do whatever you asked me to know. In fact, Peter said, let me tell you about Jesus justify all you all the way to salvation.
On the way to heaven and you turned to him and repent of your sins believe in him beloved. What the world is desperate for is not more compromisers the world has its fill of that. They're not looking for people who know how to compromise and get along and stamp on the principles and in the conviction they see through that what the world is desperately looking for someone who would say with Martin Luther here I stand for. I can do no other.
The enemies attack gives you courage that you never thought possible enemies attack binds you together with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Enemies attack from without, will help you turn the persecution into appropriate, but there's 1/4 thing that I see here in this passage about Satan's attack from without it cause the church to be appraising and praying versus 23 all the way to 28 when Peter and John were released they got into the church and they began to praise God.
They began to petition God got to trust God afresh to begin to trust God in you in a way that would never been able to before. When faced with opposition when faced with enemies attack. They took comfort in the sovereignty of God in their talk us to our confidence that God is in control of all things out of perplexity.
They knew the Lord will not forsake you would not be able to experience a until you come under attack. Far from succumbing to temptation in the face of satanic attack from without the become bold firms from being anxious to compromise and try to get peace at any price they become fearless and courageous. As a result, the place shook, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They demonstrated the power of God in word and indeed let me ask you this, as I conclude, are you under attack begin by praising God. Are you harassed by the enemy.
Praise God. Are you feeling defeated sing praises the Lord. I attempted to compromise, sing praises to the Lord. I attempted to give sing praises. Do you feel that you cannot take the heat of the battle anymore.
Sing praises to enemies attack can only make you more courageous bring into solidarity with your brothers and sisters help you turn your persecution and your pain into praise Dr. Michael you sent, and the entire team leading the way.
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