FEAR & GOSPEL, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 7/1/20 (Half of 2020 now gone.)
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from Texas.)
“…None of these things move me…” (Acts 20:24, NKJV)
Don’t Be Moved
The apostle Paul went through all kinds of unfair situations. He was falsely accused of crimes, beaten with rods, lied about, put in prison, and shipwrecked. In Acts 20, he gives us the secret of living a victorious life: “None of these things move me.” He was saying, “Yes, there were setbacks and disappointments, but I didn’t lose my joy. God is still on the throne. Even being put in prison gave me the opportunity to write about half of the books of the New Testament.”
There’s always something trying to move us, to pull us out of peace, to pull us out of rest. Are you allowing these things to move you? You can’t pray them away. These are tests we all have to pass. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” He said troubles will be there, but you don’t have to be moved by them. Stay in peace. Quit letting these things ruin your day.
A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that I don’t have to be moved by the tests and troubles I face because I know that You are still on the throne. My faith and trust are in You and Your mighty power at work in my life. I declare that You will work Your good plan for my future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Of course in Acts the context concerns fear: In verses 20:20-25 Paul is sharing that HIS commitment concerning the life giving message of the Gospel as more important than even his very life. There is a doctrine going around that teaches that if anyone is supposed to be saved that they will, and we don’t need to be concerned about it. Sort of like predestination without foreknowledge. Or that God has the total say over who is saved and who is not. That would mean that our free will is a farce and that we are just a bunch of robots. Some created for living with God and the rest fitted for destruction in eternal darkness. Of course my question would be, ??? Why in the world did God bother to create a bunch of robots that would wreck everything in running amiss only to later banish them into eternal darkness??? And why would Christ Jesus write in Rev.22::17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst say come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
So in Context with the New Testament it appears to me that it is the responsibility of Christians who really love Jesus are to be responsible for sharing the message of Salvation in word, thought and deed to all who will listen. If you really believe what Jesus taught about Heaven and Hell you have a serious obligation to share the truth that you have been freely given. Jesus prayed about us in John 17:20 as follows: “20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, 21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. 22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: 23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me. 26 I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very [a]Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.
In the Psalms 119:9-13 “How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it]. 10 With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. 11 Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. 12 Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth.
How could anyone be silent in this world of pain, suffering, sin and death and not share the Gospel of life, peace, joy and the forgiveness freely offered by the mercy of God? In Psalm 107:1-2 David is recorded as writing: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from the hand of the adversary,
So if you are not sharing Jesus, I am deeply concerned that you may not really have HIS life.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
And all who truly Love, Honor and Obey HIM are eternal members.
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