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Watchword for the Month

“We must obey God rather than man”
Acts 5:29

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Rev S Hendricks - June 2021

During the past year the whole world was put under strict Covid-19 protocols. Many did not commit themselves to obey the rules and regulations and they lost their lives and put others at risk. This life threatening disease forced us to obey the rules.

We also rely and depend on men and women in uniform because we think they are committed to their oath and job description. They are supposed to obey every instruction to save lives and keep those under their care safe. We as citizens are obliged to respect and honour them. The church today is deeply in need of committed followers of Jesus Christ. Followers who will lay down their lives for the sake of the Gospel! I'm reminded of the founders and pioneers of our own Church who were burned to death and many suffered a great deal of persecution, while they stayed true and obedient to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

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The once scared, insecure, anxious disciples eagerly went to the upper room and waited prayerfully for the promise of the Holy Spirit. They remained focused on what Jesus taught them and they protected the peace and unison amongst them. After the experience of the supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the apostles became very committed to the mandate of Jesus Christ according to Matt. 28:19 " go into all the world and proclaim the gospel.." On that day of the outpouring, henceforth, the apostles never stopped proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. They endured many hardships and still proclaimed day after day, that Jesus is the
Messiah, the Son of God, who was crucified for all.

The Holy Spirit manifested many miracles through the Apostles and many became followers of Jesus Christ. But the rulers, the Sanhedrin, were filled with jealousy and indignation and rage. They put the Apostles in jail. Nevertheless, not even the prison doors could stop them from proclaiming the truth of the everlasting life which is only found in Jesus Christ. While in prison God sent angels to protect and free them from the prison. The Holy Spirit inspired and gave them a zeal to stay committed to their call, for the sake of the ignorant and lost souls that needed to be won for the kingdom of God. Peter, one of the Apostles who were brought before the Sanhedrin, defended their case and boldly proclaimed "we must obey God rather than man".

Conclusion

Brothers and sisters as we celebrated Pentecost, a few days ago, the word of God reminded us once again to be obedient to the call of God and to also stay committed to the great commission to go into the world and make disciples of all nations. The main purpose of receiving the Holy Spirit is to be a powerful witness for God. The Holy Spirit is still reminding us today of God's love for the whole world. According to John 3 : 16 " for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life". HOW COMMITED AND OBEDIENT ARE WE AS MORAVIANS TODAY. Amen.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we thank you for the power of your word and the power of the Holy Spirit. You are a faithful God who never let us down. As you guide and protect the disciples you will sure come to our rescue when we are in need. Let us also awake and take up the mandate to win the lost for Christ sake. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Rev. S Hendricks