Good morning! May our Lord and Savior who gives perfect peace, surround you today. May your hearts be encouraged to keep pressing on. Enjoy today’s devotion as we review the final verses in Acts chapter eleven.
“27 During this time some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) 29 So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters[h] in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could. 30 This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.” – Acts 11:27-30 NLT
Yesterday, we read that the believers were first called Christians (meaning belonging to Christ) in Antioch. Today, we read the first mention of elders in the church, the were in Jerusalem. In prior chapters we read the apostles remained in Jerusalem while other believers had scattered. Jerusalem had become the leadership hub of the church. They were sending prophets, apostles and other strong believers in the faith out to encourage, teach the Good News, and confirm what was being reported by other believers – the church continued to grow.
Sisters and brothers, the quiet take away from today’s verses is: In the midst of changing circumstances (scattering and hiding in fear), God was laying solid foundation for the church. The believers cared for one another and used spiritual and financial gifts to support the churches.
Today as you consider the chaos, disorder, fear and spiritual warfare that we have encountered this year – may I encourage you to look at your circumstances through the eyes of God.
- 1 Corinthians 14:33a “God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”
- God is a God of order.
- God is a God of peace
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
- Move forward with the power of God working on the inside of you.
- Move forward loving others as Christ loves you.
- Remain in Christ – remain true to the teachings in the Word, and align yourself to them.
Sisters and brothers, God has laid out the plan. Trust Him to continue to work it out for His glory. Stay connected with your church, continue to love and serve one another virtually, within the COVID-19 protection orders required by your state and/or county, pray for those who are ill and continue to support your church with your spiritual and financial gifts.
There’s still work to be done.
Lord God, thank you for today. Thank you for a glorious sunrise and daybreak. You are so faithful to us. Lord, we pray for believers around the world and ask that you comfort them, send your peace, and encourage them in faith. Lord, help us to see our circumstances through your eyes and help us to anchor down in faith. Hold us steady in you. Lord, you know the medical, financial and spiritual needs of your people. We only ask that you come through on your promises that are written within the word. Lord, we trust you as our healer, sustainer, provider, comforter, peace giver and as the Lord over all to do exactly what you said you would do. Lord, we bind the enemy from any assignment plotted against your children today – in the name of Jesus. Continue to work within us. In Jesus name, amen.
JOIN US ON A BIBLE STUDY JOURNEY AS WE EXPLORE “GIDEON: YOUR WEAKNESS, GOD’S STRENGTH.” BY PRISCILLA SHIRER.
- Location: Via Zoom (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link)
- Begins: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
- 8 Week Session: August 19 – October 7, 2020
- Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
- We purchased the Gideon Video Bundle for Group Use. You will need to purchase your personal Bible study book.
- Bible Study Book: Gideon: Your weakness, God’s Strength. The author of the book is Priscilla Shirer.
Note: If you purchase your book online through LifeWay, you can subscribe to their website and get a 20% discount on your purchase. Here’s the link to the Bible study book via LifeWay: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/gideon-bible-study-book-P005538485
Do you have a prayer request? We would love to pray for you. Send your prayer request to: email@example.com
Bible Reference: http://biblegateway.com
Copyright 2020 Mary E. White Ministries, all rights reserved.