“And he said to them, ‘You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I SHOULD NOT CALL ANY MAN UNHOLY OR UNCLEAN’” ~ Acts 10:28.
When we deem a person or a people group to be unworthy, somehow lesser than we are, and especially treat them as unworthy of receiving the truth of Christ and Him crucified, we call unholy what God has proclaimed to be clean and worthy.
We are called and equipped to share the gospel with all we find, trusting God to bear the fruit of His desire and design in all who will believe and receive. It is His business to decide who is worthy of receiving the gift of Christ. Ours is to be faithful to tell of Him and portray Him to all we come in contact with in our day and to be faithful to love all as He loves, no matter who it is that He sends into our day.
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” ~ Acts 9:31.
Our security, peace, and condition is not determined by what is going on in life and all around us, but what is going on inside us as we seek after and find the Spirit of God at work, ever increasing His comfort and power in and through us. Pray to have a heart that seeks after God and receives the comfort of the Spirit of God with increase; increasing not only our numbers, but our nature as His people.
“So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has SENT ME SO THAT YOU MAY REGAIN YOUR SIGHT AND BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT’” ~ Acts 9:17.
A friend of mine was sent one day to a nearby town where he was led to sit in a DQ and wait. There entered a man with whom he struck up a conversation, out of which came opportunity to share Christ, helping the man to come to saving grace. God still sends us out today so that people around us may regain their sight and find Christ so as to be filled with His Presence through saving grace. Are we faithful to hear and respond to His call? Do we have the courage to obey God rather than man in our day when the voice of the Christian is under attack? We need to gain the understanding of God’s people when they were threatened for speaking in This Name and be bold to proclaim as they did, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard. …We must obey God rather than men” ~ Acts 4:19-20; 5:29.
Pray for the boldness of Christ and readiness of heart to go where you are sent and speak as the Spirit bids.
“But they were unable to cope with the WISDOM AND THE SPIRIT WITH WHICH HE WAS SPEAKING” ~ Acts 6:10.
In this day when the spirit of antichrist is so strong and the wisdom of the flesh, the world, and the demonic so prevalent, it is vital that we have the wisdom of The Spirit with which to speak in response to the voice of dissension. As more and more turn to the spirit of antichrist, we are being outnumbered and shushed in our ministering of His Holy Word. We must be bold in our witness and have God’s wisdom in our responses if we desire those around us to be with us when Jesus returns. Pray, beloved, to have true wisdom for every response to those who would come against the King of Glory in us. Pray for boldness to empower us to speak the truth for His Name’s sake, even though it may put our physical life in jeopardy. (Read James 3:13-18; John 16:1-4)
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS” ~ Acts 4:31.
Oh, how we need boldness in our day to speak the unadulterated truth of God’s word.
In this day, too many water the expectation of obedience to God down with his unconditional love. We too often hear the discipline of God watered down by a representation of His grace that is made false by its misuse. God loves us, therefore He disciplines us. God is gracious, but He is also the Righteous Judge. He is ready with mercy, but He is also obligated to justice. We do harm to people when all we speak of is God’s love, His grace, and His mercy, while making light of His hand of discipline that comes from His heart of love; His justice that must be met, though meted out with mercy; His righteous judgment that will prevail, though held in check only by His grace found ready to minister mercy to those in right relationship with Jesus.
We cannot adulterate the Word of God and see true salvation come to those we long to see escape His wrath. Only TRUTH, full and complete, produces the free-indeed we need for assurance of eternity with Him in whom we hope. Pray today to be filled with the Holy Spirt so that we can speak the truth of the Word of God with boldness.
“Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?’” ~ John 18:10-11.
Today we look at our difficult situations and circumstances to determine where the battle lines are truly drawn by God. Here in our passage we see Peter draw the sword against those he saw as the enemy to fight, only for him to find himself standing against the one he thought he was fighting for. Jesus, however, knew this was not the enemy He was fighting against, but the one through whom the cup of true victory was given to Him by His Father. He knew that to not drink the cup would put Him in opposition to His Father.
Where are the true battle lines, beloved, and on which side of the opposition are you standing? Pray today to have God’s perspective of the difficulties you face. Which are an enemy to fight, and which are a cup to drink? Pray to fight the good fight of faith on the side of God to the fulfillment of His purpose and plan for your life and situations.
“As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. FOR THEIR SAKES I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:18-19).
This truth about Jesus’ choice to live a sanctified life for our sakes speaks example to me for my life today. Will I bow the knee, choosing to live the sanctified life for the sake of those in my sphere of influence, or not? That is our choice, and Jesus sat the example.
Pray today for your life of sanctification. How can others follow if we leave no visible path for them through our example? We are set apart to be His witnesses, bearing testimony through our visible lives, expressive of His glory. He chose sanctification for our sakes. Now is our chance to fulfill God’s purpose for our being by choosing to lived sanctified lives for the sake of those in our sphere of influence.
My hubby and I want you to know that we greatly appreciate your service to and for our nation, and for us as a small part of that. We do not take your sacrifice and service for granted. We not only appreciate you, but we strive to live in a way that shows our appreciation for our great nation and for all that makes it so. We strive with you to work with those like you to preserve and protect all that is good, and to make it better along the way. So whether your tenure of service was long or short, front lines or supportive, all is important to the whole and we are thankful for you.
You are constant in our prayers still as you go forth to serve and protect in different and various ways. We pray healing from any and all atrocities you witnessed or had to participate in fighting, strength for your days, joy in your relationships, provision for your every need, and hope for all your tomorrows. And we are grateful to be here for those of you we know: being a shoulder, an ear, an encouragement, and a help to your steps forward to all the greatness that lies ahead of you.
I don’t know if you believe in God or in the God that hubby and I believe in, but you don’t have to believe. We do. And our God says that if we speak the following over you, He will answer. So may our God bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-27)
With sincere gratitude and with hope for your future,
I don’t know about you, but I look at the world today and I realize that, if ever we as a people need God’s BLESSing in every area of life, it is now, and today is the day we must pray. Continuing to seek His BLESSing, pray with me Psalm 33:12.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His heritage.
We, as a nation, greatly need to remember Who it is that is GOD. As we pray today for our nation as a whole, pray for leaders at every level of life to know God is Jehovah – The I AM, the All Sufficient, One and Only True God of gods and Lord of lords, worthy of full and complete faith and sanctified allegiance. Also in our praying let us consider the wisdom found in Exodus 20:1-7; Isaiah 45:20-25; Matthew 6:19-34; Colossians 3:1-17.