Meditation

03/23/2020

“’The apostles appeared before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name (Jesus),’ he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—-whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.(Acts5:2932)

Beloved, God gave the Holy Spirit to equip and empower the church for the task of world evangelization. The Spirit is given all believers (2:38: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will received the gift of the Holy Spirit.”) Without this giving and infilling of the Spirit of God upon the church, people are never brought to faith in Jesus Christ.

God’s people must be dynamically related to the Spirit to be used as His agents to win others. Such relationship may confuse the world, but the Spirit’s power to raise questions is necessary for great soul winning.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your gift to those who accept You through Your Son, Jesus Christ, blesses us with the Holy Spirit, with which to discern all things and to be led to do Your will in our every day lives. It is a gift that is unseen, yet so special, it is hard to believe that anyone would ever reject the Spirit or just not choose to accept it. Today, in the times we are living in, we need Your Spirit more than ever and we ask that You touch the lives of all people, that they might finally accept this gift in their own lives, and turn to You at all times, in their lives and their loved ones lives. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Faith goes where our eyes can’t see!

KNOWING GOD:

They traveled though the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergious Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul, because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, ‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of he Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.’ Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord. From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem.” (Acts 13:6-12)

I AM: (Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on the Macedonia.)

As Paul and Barnabas ministered in Paphos, they set the pattern for effective evangelism in the power of the Holy Spirit. The pattern was and always must be: 1) realize there will be problems and confront the opposition; 2) minister in the fullness of the Holy Spirit; 3) bend the opposition in God’s power; 4) give the teaching of he Lord clearly and freely; 5) trust God for victory and 6) expect positive results.

I AM:

Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on the Macedonia.” (2ndCorinthians2:12-13)

Paul constantly stressed that doors for evangelism are opened by the Holy Spirit alone (Acts 4:31). To go ahead of God or lag behind will thwart the work of he Holy Spirit in opening people to receive our testimony. We must walk with God in the fullness of the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses.

Second Thought of the Day:

For we know brother loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. (1st Thessalonians 1:5)

The gospel possesses great power to convert because the Holy Spirit uses it as His sword to bring deep conviction and thereby, save the hearers. The power of human eloquence is not enough. Only God’s power leads one to salvation. We can witness with genuine power from heaven, beloved.

The Thessalonians had a marvelous testimony of Christ. It rang out far and wide because they had learned well to live and witness through Paul’s example. God calls witnesses to be examples to others even in situations of suffering.

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