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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Glorify God

As we continue from our last post, we will take a closer look at 1 Peter 2: 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Peter and John prove this point in Acts 4:1-22. Previously in Acts Chapter three Peter and John were heading into the Temple when a lame man stopped them looking for a handout. Peter told him that he didn’t have silver or gold but told him in the name of Jesus Christ to rise up and walk. The lame man was healed that day and he walked into the temple with Peter and John – a living testimony of the power of God. When the people inquired about the healing of this lame man, Peter preached to them about the resurrected Jesus Christ. The Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection as we see in Acts 23:8 ―For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection--and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Therefore we see in chapter 4 Peter and John had to go before the Sanhedrin (the Jewish Supreme Court) to defend themselves. What could the Sanhedrin say, the proof was standing in the Temple – the lame man had been healed. All they could do was threaten Peter and John to stop preaching about the resurrected Christ but we see their response in Acts 4:19- 20: ―But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." You also see in Acts 5:29 ―But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men."
My friend, Peter commands us to obey every law, but when it goes against the Word of God we have to draw a line. However, it is important that we are not being vigilantes taking matters into our own hands. We need to make sure that we don’t dishonor God in our pursuit to stand firm on our beliefs. Peter and John did not disobey the law, they simply followed what God had commissioned them to do, and that was to preach the word. How many times do we see Christians censored; for instance in a speech were not allowed to mention Christ’s name, or even at Christmas time how many companies took Christ out of Christmas. We need to use discretion and make sure what our motives are. Make sure that we are glorifying God in everything we do

The will of God is that His children be obedient to Him, and one of the ways that Christians demonstrate obedience to God is to submit to the existing civil authorities. Such obedience brings honor and glory to God.

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