What do you do when a boss, political leader, law enforcement, etc, ask you do something that goes against what God says? Peter and the apostles give us the answer.
Peter and the apostles had been warned by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus. When they continued to do so, they imprisoned them. At night, an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought the out and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” When morning came, the religious leaders found the prison doors locked, but their prisoners were gone. Then someone came to tell them, “Look the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” The sent a captain and some officers to collect them and bring them to them. They asked the apostles, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name?” There response was, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
The apostles had a divine directive given to them by the angel and they were going to be obedient, no matter what it cost them. On this occasion, they were beaten and once again commanded not to teach about Jesus. Their reaction to being beaten was to rejoice that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name and daily they went to temple and to people’s homes to teach about Jesus.
We too have been given a divine directive to go and tell all people about Jesus. How dedicated are you to telling others about Jesus? How faithfully do you live out your faith? If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? While on this occasion the apostles were beaten, eventually almost everyone of them would die a martyr – all because they chose to obey God rather than man.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.