SUNDAY, JUNE 29
Scripture: Acts 4:27-28
Step #4 is in Acts 4:27-28, and is the key to the New Testament vault from which we are going to make our withdrawal. The key in Acts 4:27-28 says, “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.” What we see from verse 28 is that the purpose of God moves the Hand of God. The purpose of God in the Bible always moves the Hand of God. Once we discover the purpose of God, we add our faith to God’s purpose and that moves His Hand. In making a withdrawal from our Heavenly account, we have to find out what His purpose is and what His purpose costs. When we get a cost for His purpose, then we can move His Hand by faith. We can move His Hand to achieve His purpose. As long as we know it is God’s purpose and not our own, we can add our faith to what it costs for that purpose and see it brought in. The key is making sure it is God’s purpose and not our own. The purpose of God moves the Hand of God. When we add our faith to the purpose of God, we move the Hand of God. The difference between Samuel and Eli was that Samuel paid the price to live righteously so that when he discovered the purpose of God he added his faith and he moved the Hand of God against the Philistines all his days. And because of it, it was over for the Philistines. The purpose of God always moves the Hand of God. The Hand of God always serves the purpose of God. Paul, in Acts 13, discerned the spiritual blindness of a false prophet was trying to keep him out of a region that God ordered him to go into. Adding his faith to God’s purpose blinded the false prophet and moved the politician. Paul moved the Hand of God to bring blindness on the false prophet. The purpose of God always moves the Hand of God. When we find God’s purpose and what it costs, then we add our faith to it and our faith will move God’s Hand to bring to pass His purpose.