Who Can Forbid?

Who Can Forbid? by Kirk Hunt

For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.  Then Peter answered,   “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

Acts 10:46 – 47 NKJV
Please also read Acts 10

I am always stunned by those who forbid what God is doing.  They do not seem to care for the numbers, depth or level of impact of God’s move.  They always seem to have some man-made rule that counters the very Word of God.

Despite Jesus’ Great Commission, there were early Church leaders who insisted that only Jews could become Christians.  Despite Jesus’ healing of the Canaanite and the Centurion’s faith, some of the Disciples maintained a narrow, elitist, judgmental view of who could, or should, be accepted by God.  With the ongoing evidence of God’s choices before their very eyes, Peter still had to challenge the circumcised Christians to accept non-Jewish believers and disciples.

Too often we ask God to bless what we are doing.  Far more often, we should seek to do what God is commanding.  Our obedience to His Word and instruction cannot help but be blessed.

Human rules can sometimes be helpful, but we should never let them stand against what God commands or is doing.  God commands His people to reach into all the world and make disciples.  Anyone, or anything, that forbids the advancement God’s Word of Kingdom cannot be a good thing.  Do not, as a follower of Jesus Christ, try to forbid what God is busy doing.

Think:      Am I following God and His divine Word, or something else?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to not to forbid what You command.”

 

Copyright © March 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Are You A Brood Of Vipers?

Are You A Brood Of Vipers? By Kirk Hunt

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 3:7 NKJV

The Pharisees and Sadducees were the religious leaders and Scriptural (Torah) scholars of the era.  John the Baptist, as the son of the Temple Priest, Zacharias, likely knew many of them personally.  One must wonder why John deliberately called the religious elite “vipers.”

It is easy to criticize leaders, right or wrong.  In too many cases, the revelation of bad behavior and villainous schemes of leaders is the source of the criticism.  In too many other cases, the mismatch between the words spoken from the lectern, and the lives led in the streets, is the reason for disdain.

Consider the moneychangers (merchants) in the Temple.  The violation of the Mosaic law, and the sanctity of that holy place, was tolerated because the High Priest and other Temple officials were being paid.  A clear violation of the letter and spirit of the Law they claimed to love so much.

We associate snakes with sin, evil and deception.  By calling them Vipers, John deliberately references the poison that some snake breeds use to better devour their prey.  There is no subtleness in John’s message.

Consider the Christian life you live.  Does it match the Christian Gospel you preach?  I pray that men and women see you as a child of God and not as a walking snake.

Think:       Does my life match the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Why or why not?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to live in obedience to Your Word and Spirit.”

 

Copyright © October 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.