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Jesus standing by!

Scripture reading for May 6th: Acts 23

Key Scriptures: Acts 23:9-11 “Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks. The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.””

Jesus is with His people always and in all situations. He is in charge of what His people walk through in their appointed calling. Paul was in the center of God’s will and doing what He was called to do. God was at work on those of the Jews as well as the Gentile soldiers and their handlers as well as the officials of Rome. He placed Paul where He could minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all and also had plans to reach even to Rome with Paul. Even a plot of ambush by forty Jews to kill Paul didn’t stop God’s plans. The devil is no match for God’s Spirit-filled people! Paul could rest soundly knowing Jesus was standing by him!

Daniel 3:24-25 “Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.””

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for standing by Your people in every age and every mountain and valley. Thank You for vision and Words of encouragement when the going gets tough. May I testify boldly to the facts of Who You are and Your plan of salvation, knowing that You are standing by me.

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

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Resisting temptation by God’s Word

Scripture reading for January 4th: Matthew 4, Psalm 4, Prov. 4 (Reading through the New Testament,  Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But He answered, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.””  

Immediately following Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit lead Him to the wilderness where He fasted for forty days and nights.  The devil came to Him at the height of His hunger and suggested He prove His divinity by turning stones into bread.  Jesus responded with God’s Word:  “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God.”  Jesus made a faith confession to defeat the devil’s temptation and the desire of His own flesh for food.  We can do the same!

Faith’s confession: I believe that my life is not sustained by bread alone, but I live by every word God has spoken and rest in His grace.  I am God’s child!  (Action:  Break any addiction today by standing on God’s Word and resisting the devil’s temptation.)

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

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