In the fourth chapter of the Book of Acts, the religious leaders had Peter and John arrested for healing a man who was lame from birth. Not much of a crime. But they were proclaiming Godly power. The religious leaders didn’t like that.
The religious leaders decided the solution to the problem was to tell Peter and John to stop healing people in the name of Jesus. Unfortunately, Peter and John were directed by God and thought it was rather absurd to even consider following the orders of the religious leaders.
Peter and John didn’t listen to the religious leaders. They went back to preaching the gospel and continued healing in the name of Jesus. And their numbers grew enormously into a beautiful loving family of believers – not by following the rules of the religious leaders, but by following the direction provided by God.
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32 (NIV)
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