Tag: Psalm 37:28-29

God standing near us!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  Acts 23

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 23:9-11 “There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously.  “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said.  “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”  The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them.  He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.  The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage!  As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify in Rome.”

Paul, the Apostle, found himself in the middle of a religious dispute that he had started by proclaiming that he was on trial because he believed in the resurrection from the dead.  This belief in the supernatural brought conflict between the Pharisees and Sadducees that became violent.  Troops had to rescue Paul and brought him to in their barracks.  The next night, the Lord Jesus stood near Paul and encouraged him with a word of knowledge about his mission and the need for courage!  God was in control and He would take Paul where He wanted the testimony of Jesus to be shared!

Observations for over-comers:  God is faithful to His word and the promise to never leave or forsake His people!  We can count on God standing by us, even if all others forsake us!  “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones.  They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell there forever.”  (Psalm 37:28-29)

 

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Don’t worry!

Scripture reading for March 31st:  Luke 21

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 21:12-15  “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.  They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of My name.  This will result in your being witnesses to them.  But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”

Jesus was very plain in instructing His disciples what would happen to them before the end of the age and His return.  Things would get tough for His followers and they would suffer on account of bearing His name.  This persecution would bring opportunity to be witnesses to some of the world’s most important people.  Jesus emphasized that they should not worry about how to defend themselves.  He would give them the words that they needed in their hour of need!  This would not guarantee physical deliverance, however.  Some would be hated and others put to death. but “not a hair of your head will perish.”  (Luke 21:18)

Observations for over-comers:  A daily walk of faith in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit will enable all God’s people to stand firm and be the witnesses Christ desires to the lost of this world.  “For the Lord is just and will not forsake His faithful ones.  They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”  (Psalms 37:28-29)

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