Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Keep Right On..."

Acts 5.40b-42 NASB

“…they flogged them and ordered them to speak no more in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

What do you do when there’s nothing else left to do? When you have no hope and all is lost? When the obstacles appear insurmountable and no one cares? Your heart is heavy with discouragement and a sense of dread overtakes you with a rush of panic and the certainty of failure?

Do what Peter and the apostles did… “they kept right on” doing what they knew they must. Do that. Let nothing deter you from performing what you know is right and good. Do that in the face of failure, discouragement, persecution, fear of rejection, unfair treatment, reprisal, loss of reputation, or even prison. “Keep right on!” Stay the course. Don’t give up. Make a commitment. Place one foot in front of the next, push forward with determination and focus. Navigate this thing called God’s will for your life. “Obey [and seek to please] God rather than men”, (Acts 5.29). Trust Him for the outcome.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not
swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 4.25-27 NIV

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The footprints photo is entitled "I Went Out Walking..." by Matt McGee and used by his permission. You can view his excellent photography at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pleeker/.

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