Oct 22, 2017
“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. Here I stand; I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.” - Martin Luther
Knowing this movement is unstoppable... 1. Gives us confidence to trust in the sovereignty of God.
“The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem...” - Acts 5:16
“God disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Jesus.” - Colossians 2:15
“... if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” - Acts 5:38-39
“...I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” - Matthew 16:17
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” - Psalm 121:1-2
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” - Psalm 20:7
Knowing this movement is unstoppable... 2. Gives us courage to suffer for the glory of God.
“His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” - Acts 5:40-41
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Knowing this movement is unstoppable... 3. Gives us cause to set our eyes on the Son of God.
“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” - Acts 5:32
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the
glory of theLord
as the waters cover the sea.” - Habakkuk 2:14
“You need not fear, even though mountains fall into the sea . . . God doesn’t have problems, only plans. There is never any panic in heaven. God is faithful, his plans do not fail.” - Corrie ten Boom