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“Don’t be silent!”

Scripture reading for February 16th: Acts 18, Psalm 34, Proverbs 3

Acts 18: 6-10 “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 Justice, 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 and Silas continued to encounter opposition from religious Jews to the Good News of Jesus as the Christ. Paul did what Jesus instructed and shook out his garments and declared his innocence of their blood. He had declared to them the truth. They had tried to silence him but he was under other orders from Jesus Himself. Jesus appeared to him in a vision and calmed his fears. He told him that He would protect him and be with him, not to become fearful and silent in the face of opposition. There were lots of other men and women in Corinth that would respond to the Gospel and receive salvation! God speaks to His people and answers their prayers and calms their fears–angelic help is also present!

Psalm 34:6-7 “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for bringing in a harvest even in the midst of opposition and personal attacks on Your people. Thank You for not remaining silent either, but calming Your workers with wise counsel and encouraging words. Forgive me when I don’t trust you, but lean on my own understanding. Deliver me from all fear and may I never remain silent when You have told me to proclaim Good News!

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

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The Holy Trinity

Scripture reading for January 3rd:  Matthew 3, Psalm 3, Proverbs 3  (Reading through the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs one chapter a day, five days a week in 2019–join the trek!)

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 3:16-17  “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold a Voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.””

The story jumps from Jesus’ birth and early years to His baptism at the age of thirty by John the Baptist.  John testified that Jesus’ ministry would come after his ministry and Jesus would baptize with the “Holy Spirit and fire.”  Jesus then came to John to be baptized in order to identify with us and to “fulfill all righteousness.”  The Holy Spirit descended on Him and the Father testified to Christ’s Sonship and pleasing obedience.

Faith’s confession:  I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,  the three that are One.  (Action: I follow Jesus in water baptism and seek Him for baptism in the Holy Spirit.)

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”  

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