Back to Acts today. I think that I've mentioned this before, but this time around in my reading through Acts I'm really noticing the power of God and the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles. Did you realize that we have the same Holy Spirit inside of us that the apostles had so many years ago? That power enabled the apostles to preach the gospel to the lost world in spite of the constant threat of being beaten and put in jail for their faith.
In Acts 5:17 the apostles were imprisoned for preaching the gospel, but guess what? The angel of the Lord freed them from jail (v19) with the instruction that they were to stand in the temple and preach the gospel. Keep in mind that the apostles were told not to preach by the high priests not too long before. To make a long story short, the apostles preached and even the Pharisee lawyer (sorry, any lawyers out there) realized that the work of God could not be stopped (see vs 38-39).
Acts 5:38 And now I say unto you. Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Apparently, the men of Israel here did not mind fighting against God because they gathered up the apostles and beat them, telling them again to not speak in Jesus' name. How do you feel when you get "beaten up" for your work for God's Kingdom? Do you jump for joy? Smile and laugh with glee? Take a look at how the apostles took their beating, for to me this is the key to continued work for Christ:
Acts 5:41-42 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing in that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
APPLICATION: The Holy Spirit should be my source of strength to continue daily in service to my God. God's work will not be hindered! No matter what resistance comes across my path, I must and can continue serving with joy. Thank God for the real-life examples in His Word!