“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down …” (Hebrews 12:1).
Experienced this vividly with Paul surrounding me in Acts 13 and 14; him being misunderstood, stoned and dragged away for dead; and what does he do? “got up and went into the town…” (Acts 14:20) Then later: “where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God” (verse 22).
Speaking directly to me, encouraging me. Ashamed of the times I look at what the eye sees and wonder if I should carry on.
“Teach me Your decrees” (Psalm 119:12), I pray. You, Lord, teach me.
You took this Acts 13 and 14 and taught me, to my surprise, that sometimes sickness brought on to one arrogant man can bring humbleness and cause another man to believe. (Acts 13:11 and verse 12.) I saw healing turn people to worshiping God’s servants, and I thanked God that these servants, Paul and Barnabas, rejected the glory that belongs only to God and stuck with the Good News “… turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, …” (Acts 14:15).
Jesus, you hit me with Acts 13:36 just as I had heard of Myles Munroe’s death. “… after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died …” (Acts 13:36). Joyful revelation! My life is in your hands, YHWH, just as Paul’s was; just as Dr Myles Monroe’s was. The evil one touches me not. Until the place you prepare for me, Jesus, is ready I shall remain here and do Your will in this generation of mine. I remember; “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).
Paul’s first Missionary Journey started with ‘the grace of God’ and ended with “… they called the church together and reported EVERYTHING GOD HAD DONE THROUGH THEM AND HOW HE HAD OPENED THE DOOR OF FAITH …” (Acts 14:27). Yes, Lord, it is You who done it, it is You who open the door of faith. So let it be. ALL GLORY TO GOD!