Tag: My people

Fear Not!

Scripture reading for May 7th:  1st Samuel 26-27, 1 Chronicles 8, Acts 18

Key Scriptures:  Acts 18:5-10  “When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the Word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.  And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am innocent.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.  And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.  His house was next door to the synagogue.  Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household.  And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.””

Paul was experiencing opposition from the Jews in Corinth.  He followed Jesus’ advice and shook out his garment and went to the Gentiles.  In spite of this, the Jewish leader of the synagogue was saved along with his own household!  Jesus spoke to Paul in a vision telling him to speak out without fear because He was with him.  Many more were “His people” in Corinth and needed to hear the Gospel preached.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to not be silent or afraid to boldly share the Good News and reap the harvest You desire from my city.  I believe You have many that You will save!

1st Samuel 26:24 “Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord and may He deliver me out of all tribulation.”  

 

 

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“Like the Garden of Eden”

Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 33-36

I noticed that Ezekiel  mentioned the garden of Eden in a number of passages.  He seemed to be attracted to that beautiful Garden and the state of man walking with God in peace and harmony.  “This is what the Sovereign Lord says; On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt.  The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.  They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. “” (Ezekiel 36:33-35)

In the case of Jerusalem and the destroyed towns of Israel, God told Israel that He would resettle them in the towns and restore what was destroyed.  The cultivated land that was overgrown with weeds would be restored to productivity.  In fact, those who saw the restoration would liken it to the “garden of Eden”.  By the way “Eden” means “delights”.

In the case of man’s broken relationship with God,  He also has a plan of restoration to the state of delights.  It is given in Ezekiel 36:26-27, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” This is the new covenant that God promised for His people and fulfilled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit from our Father. We have the rubble of a stony heart removed by God’s surgery when we turn to Him in humble repentance.  He gives us a new heart and the Holy Spirit to move us to keep His word and follow His ways.  We have our fellowship with God restored and are filled with joy and delight to know God again!  Instead of the garden of Eden, we are now looking for Jesus Christ who will take us to a beautiful place prepared just for us!  There will be complete restoration, even better than the garden of Eden!  Are you ready?

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