And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
Here's the key. The Holy Spirit is not given to those who say the Sinner's Prayer and then continue to live as they please, at best with a taste of this Scripture and a nibble of that. He is given to those who after declaring the Jesus Christ as their Savior, their Lord and Master, strive to live in accordance to His Word. No buffet line, or as my mother used to say, "Eat what's on your plate, every bite."
When was the last time someone became enraged at my testimony? Is the answer, "Never?"
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 65
Evening: Psalm 141
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