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The will of the Lord be done

Scripture reading for May 4th: Acts 21

Key Scriptures: Acts 21:10-14 “While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.””

Paul was set on going to Jerusalem and on the way, stopped by Philip the evangelist’s home and stayed there many days. A known prophet from Judea came by and in a prophetic act and word, told Paul what was coming as he would reach Jerusalem. The disciples and Philip tried to talk Paul into avoiding Jerusalem. Paul, although moved by their concern, knew the will of the Lord. He was ready to face whatever lie ahead for the Name of Jesus, even death as a martyr. Those there recognized that God’s will must be done, no matter how they felt emotionally about Paul or how much Paul loved them.

Mark 14:36 “And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.””

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for being with us and strengthening us for coming times of trial. Thank You for prophetic words and warnings. May I always follow Your will, no matter what my personal feelings or even urgings of my own family and friends.

Matthew 16:21-22 “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord! This shall never happen to You.””

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God’s will be done!

Scripture reading for May 12th:  2 Samuel 1-2, 1st Chronicles 11, Psalm 96, 106, Acts 21

Key Scriptures:  Acts 21:10-14  “While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”  When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus.”  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.””

Paul was heading to Jerusalem where he knew that persecution and imprisonment awaited him, even possible death.  A prophet, Agabus, warned Paul of what would happen to him but God had directed Paul in his mission.  His friends tried to dissuade Paul from going, but Paul set his face towards Jerusalem and all agreed that God’s will must  be done!  Sometimes His will involves suffering, persecution, and eternal life through death!

Psalm 96:3 “Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.”  

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live faithful to Your Word and will, even if it will bring hardship.  I believe Your grace is sufficient for every trial and Your will is always best.

Psalm 106:47  “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in Your praise.”  

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