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Ready to die for Jesus!

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

Acts 21: 8-13 “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. 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.””

As Paul and his companions journeyed to Jerusalem, they stayed with believers and encouraged them whenever they could. At Caesarea, they stayed with Philip, the evangelist, who was one of the original seven men chosen as deacons to serve the church. Philip had four daughters who were prophetesses and another man named Agabus who was a prophet visited his home and gave a message to Paul. This message confirmed what Paul already understood. The message brought sorrow to all who knew Paul and they urged him not to proceed to Jerusalem. Paul stated that this broke his heart because he did care for them. But God’s calling was first and Paul was ready to go and even give his life in Jerusalem for Jesus Christ his Lord.

Psalm 96:2-3 “Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”

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.”

Prayer: Father God, it is hard in the natural to follow You into places of danger and possible death. We love our brothers and sisters in the Lord and our own families. But not our will but Yours must be done for we are not our own, but owe all to Jesus Christ Who gave His life for us. Grant me grace to follow You wherever You lead and to declare Your glory among all peoples.

2nd Samuel 1:26-27 “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”

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Killing selfish ‘giants’!

Scripture reading for March 21st:  Joshua 15-18, Luke 14

Key Scriptures:  Luke 14:25-27  “Now great crowds accompanied Him, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yeas, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.  Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

Jesus attracted great crowds but He did not want anyone following Him that had not truly counted the cost.  Following Jesus is a costly pursuit.  It could cost all relationships, for God must be put over all others.  It could even cost a person their life.  The willingness to die was in the metaphor of carrying a cross while following.  This idea would come into focus as Jesus carried His!

Joshua 15:13  “According to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak.  And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, . . “

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for being the ultimate example for us to follow.  May we bring You joy as we place You first above all else.  Amen.

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