Ever feel like you are fighting an uphill battle? Two steps forward, one step back. The harder you try, the “behinder” you get!
The early apostles were on fire for Jesus Christ! Largely uneducated and recruited from smaller cities outside Jerusalem, they were a diverse collection of men. But after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were all empowered and emboldened to preach and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Jewish authorities did not know what to do about this new threat! In fact none of them had ever seen the power of God working miracles as the Apostles now did. They commanded them to stop what they were doing. They imprisoned them. They beat them. But the the Word of God continued to spread!
Some of the wisest leaders recognized that there was a possibility that the Apostles were truly representing God and cautioned the others to leave the Apostles alone.
And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it— lest you even be found to fight against God.
The Jewish leaders were fighting an uphill battle, one they would never win or even come close to winning. Over two thousand years later, their prescient words still ring true!
Are you fighting an uphill battle? If you are living your life in disobedience to God, you will continue to flail and fail. Why do it the hard way? Do you really want to fight God?
Return to God with a humble heart. Confess your sins to Him and repent. He loves you with an all-consuming love!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.