In part 3 of Interruptions I want to help us understand the upside to getting past stagnant seasons. Just like tears are water for your garden to grow, there is a relationship between pain and progress. And, if you want to transcend those situations and people who want to shut you down and cut you off life support you have to be prepared to say and do some things you wouldn’t normally say or do. Notice what Acts 4:8 says:
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
How does Peter pull this off? Don’t miss the power of the Holy Spirit to give you what you need when you need it. Peter doesn’t have to get a seminary degree to construct his response. He doesn’t have to be a subject matter expert to craft his response. He’s not a PhD, nor a M.Div. When he was faced with the religious elite trying to challenge what God was doing through him, all Peter needed was what Jesus promised in Luke 12:11:
11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
And guess what? That’s all YOU need to. When you face an interruption in your walk with God that’s when it’s time to stand up for the God who wakes you up each morning. That’s when you have to open your mouth and acknowledge for God I live and for God I die. That’s when the prayers in your closet become your praise from the rooftop because interruptions are your opportunity to stand or sit. When life throws a Sanhedrin at you, that’s your opportunity to be moved or to be marginalized. You can walk or wither. You can move forward or fall backward. Interruptions are transitional. They’re designed to ensure that your faith ends up in a better place than it began.
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