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Day #5: “The Word of God”

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Acts 18:9-11 (TNIV)

9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

Reflection:

Have you ever read the final chapter of a book before the rest?  If so, you know the ending and you will probably have a different perspective on the rest of the story than had you not.  Because we know the final outcome, we might pay a closer attention to certain details and may have a better grasp of the characters or settings.  This is what God is telling us here.  He has already told us of the final outcome - God is with us, no one will harm us and He has people everywhere who are His.  When we know of this outcome, we can respond differently today.  We are more willing and eager to believe His promises and trust His word.  When God tells us not to be afraid or silent but to keep on speaking God’s word despite opposition and difficulties, it’s not an empty imperative but it is an empowering charge in light of the ultimate outcome.  We can hang our lives on His word because we are assured that He is with us.  We can preach His word because His Spirit empowers us to speak boldly and truthfully.  God’s Word carries with it power and authority to bring about grace, salvation, transformation and healing.

Reflecting on the Transmitted Message:

God has given us His word.  The Holy Spirit enables to understand it.  Because it is lasting and reliable, we can dive into its truth and continue to be transformed over and over again.  As we know that His word has the power to save and transform, let’s pray that we will not be silent.  Pray for greater boldness to proclaim God’s word.  Pray that many will receive the life-changing power of the gospel.

Day #4: “I Have Other Sheep…I Must Bring Them Also”

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Day #3: “My Help Comes From the Lord”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Day #2: “God’s Thoughts and Ways Are Not Ours”

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I Have Many In This City Who Are My People

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Day #1: “What God Has Prepared”

Monday, July 19th, 2010