Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word today.
“‘for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”
In this passage Paul gives us his story of God’s powerful work in His life in the name of Jesus. There are three important parts of this story which we all have. As you consider Paul’s story of transformation in Christ think of your own powerful story.
- What was Paul before Jesus?
- How was he changed?
- Who was he after he met Jesus?
- What was his new found purpose?
- You may be thinking to yourself – “I am no Paul!” I am sure that is true…. most likely you do not murder, imprison and persecute believers. Think about who God used! It really is not about who you are (or think you are), but who God can make you to be. And you can be certain that He has the power to transform your life so that He can send you to “open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light.” Our mission field can be our own home, our own neighborhood, or our office! Pray… ask God where He is sending you today?
May the Lord guide you as you consider where He is calling you to speak truth. May you always be prepared to share the hope that is found within you (1 Peter 3:15) Praying for you!
Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you
as you read and reflect on the passage today.
” For I long to see you, that I may impart to you
some spiritual gift to strengthen you
— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged
by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
- Christian community is so important. Why does Paul desire to spend time with the church in Rome?
- How does he express his desire to fellowship with the believers in this church?
- Here is Paul, amazing man of God, writer of most of the New Testament and he is expressing his “longing” to spend time with these fellow believers so that he can be encouraged. Does this change your perspective on the leaders of your Church/Bible Study/Small Group and how they need to learn and grow and be encouraged by you?
- Our faith grows when we are active in a Biblically sound Christian community. If you are not currently engaged in this way… pray about how you could become connected at Church or in an internationally offered Bible Study like Community Bible Study. What are some steps you can take today?
Praying that you will be mutually encouraged as you fellowship and learn alongside other believers. May the Lord develop friendships in your life that will last into eternity! Praying for you!
Read Acts 9:1-19
“The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying'” (v. 11)….“’Lord,’ Ananias answered, ‘I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.'” (v.13)… “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'” (v.19)
We always hear it said, “Seeing is believing.” But that really isn’t how faith works. Faith works when we believe despite what we do see, or don’t see, or think we see. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. Basically this is what it comes down to – Believe God’s Promises! The Bible is thousands and thousands of pages of promises fulfilled. Why do we not trust Him enough to walk forward in faith? He is not going to leave you (Matthew 28:20) & He continues to work in you (Philippians 1:6). Remember… “The one who calls you is faithful.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
- Imagine being Ananias. Write about what it would be like to be used by God to minister to someone who violently opposes Christ.
- Do you feel God calling you to do something (big or small) where you need to trust Him?
- Write about it and ask the Lord to help you see past the road blocks that keep coming up and give you perseverance to walk forward trusting Him (Hebrews 12:1-2).
WALK BY FAITH – JEREMY CAMP
Believing is Seeing – it’s seeing God for who he is & trusting Him for His promises. Keep your Eyes on Jesus… and keep believing! Praying this for you today…
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this,
that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
- Paul asks God three times to remove his thorn in the flesh. But, what it God’s response?
- “May grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”God’s grace is enough… What is your reaction to this?
- Write down some thorns in your life. Then, next to it write “My grace is sufficient for you.” Believe it – God is sufficient!
- Although God gives Paul an unbelievable & awesome opportunity to experience the third heaven, this is not what he chooses to boast about. Instead, in what does Paul boast (v. 5 & v. 9b)?
- When does Paul tell us that God’s power rests on him (and us)?
- Our society tells us to brag about what we have, what we do, what we’re good at. But, using v. 10 as a guide… when should we boast?
- It is in our humility and weakness that God’s strength shows. Hard for us to see sometimes. Write a prayer and ask God to use your weakness for His glory and to transform you through His strength and power so that He will be glorified!
Praying that you would “humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”(1 Peter 5:6-7).Praying for you!
Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
- What attitude are we to have as we worship the Lord?
- Who is to join in the feast?
- This gives us a picture of joyful worship as part of a community. When we bring our gifts with a grateful heart what are we promised?
- Verses 16 & 17 instruct us on how to appear before The Lord. What does it tell us?
- We need to remember that Joyful giving can include more than just monetary blessings. What gifts has God given you that you can share with joy today?
Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today! I will be praying for you!