Touched by Heaven-3
Acts 12:7 “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands.”
Acts 12:23 “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”
One touch led to life and the other led to death! Same touch! Different results! The interesting thing, however, was that both Peter and Herod had people, so to say “followers and brethren”.
The difference was what the two crowds said to heaven. The first crowd humbled themselves before God, asking Him to intervene and rescue their brother. They knew that heaven could always come to the rescue of him who has no defence.
The other crowd however, equated “their brother”, King Herod, to God! Hear this:
Acts 12:21 “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.”
Acts 12:22 “And the people gave a shout, [saying, It is] the voice of a god, and not of a man.”
Herod gave them a great speech; he gave a wonderful breath taking performance. His “brethren or church” were impressed and suddenly equated his performance to that of god, not of man. In order words, they worshiped him! He agreed with them, but unfortunately, incurred a “dangerous touch of heaven.”
Peter had crowd; Herod had crowd; but the simple difference is what the crowds were saying.
Friend, what are people saying into your life or saying to heaven about you? Are you being carried away by the praise of men, which leads to arrogance in your heart or humbly recognising God as the source of your victories and achievements?
It is very easy to be deceived by people; but that is if you already have pride in your heart.
To be continued…
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