Acts 17 - Day 728 (link to reading)
Scripture: Acts 17: 10-12
Observation: As Paul, Silas & Timothy ventured throughout Asia Minor, they had many adventures and challenges. The primary problem was the opposition they received from the local Jewish community. Prior to arriving in Berea, they were chased out of Thessalonica. However, the Berean Jews were different, “they were of more noble character.”
Application: Am I open to new ideas and willing to do the research before making a judgement? Why or why not?
Prayer: Lord, please help me discern what is from You and how to interpret and internalize new information that may challenge me.
Acts 16 - Day 727 (link to reading)
Scripture: Acts 16:11-15
Observation: As Paul, Silas & Timothy share the good news of Jesus Christ (using the person of piece strategy outlined in Luke 10:1-12), a woman named Lydia became intrigued and the Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
Application: It’s not my job to open someone’s heart to the gospel, only the Holy Spirit can do that. It’s my responsibility to share the good news so people have an opportunity to respond.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please give me opportunities to share your good news today.
Acts 15 - Day 726 (link to reading)
Scripture: Acts 15:36-41
Observation: Paul and Barnabus had a sharp disagreement that caused them to go separate ways. Barnabus wanted to give John Mark a second chance to redeem himself. Paul didn’t trust John Mark and chose Silas to accompany him. “Barnabus” means son of encouragement and true to his name, he believed in others. Remember that Barnabus was the first to welcome Saul of Tarsus into the Christian community.
Application: God’s will for our lives is to be sanctified, to be more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even the great Paul the apostle needed to be sanctified.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have your way in me. Help me to forgive as I have been forgiven. Help me to be more like you.
Acts 14 - Day 725 (link to reading)
Scripture: Acts 14:8-20
Observation: Paul heals a man with crippled feet in Lystra and the crowds think that he is a god but he and Barnabas dissuade the mob. Soon afterward when some Jews convince the from Antioch convince the crowd to stone Paul (with rocks), and when presumed dead he is dragged out of town.
Application; Crowds can be fickle so don't base your strategy on keeping their support. Instead, choose to be on God's side, so if the crowd decides to stone you, there may be a chance for your survival.
Prayer: Lord, Your will be done...
Acts 13 -- Day 724 (link to reading)
Scripture: Acts 13:9-11
Observation: Paul prays for Elymas to “be blind for a time.”
Application: Pray offensively, to hinder the work of our enemy. As Christians, we need to be reminded that we are in a war and that our enemy is doing everything in his power to destroy us. Rather than pray defensively for protection, comfort and healing, we must follow Paul’s example and pray offensively to counter the works of Satan.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, blind those who oppose You and Your work at Waiokeola.
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