Tag: Psalm 57:2-3

Persecution part of the package!

Scripture reading for May 1st:  1st Samuel 20, 1st Chronicles 4, Psalm 56, 57, 142, Acts 14

Key Scriptures:  Acts 14:19-22 “But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.  But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.  When they had preached the Gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God”

Paul was stoned for preaching the Gospel at Lystra and left for dead.  The other disciples gathered around him and prayed and he arose and entered the city.  The crowd that stoned him had been stirred up by Jews from Antioch, their home mission base.  This did not stop them from their mission!  They continued to preach in Lystra and made many disciples there and even went back to Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the church members.  They understood that persecution and tribulation was a part of kingdom opposition.

Psalm  57:2-3 “I cry out to God Most High, to God Who fulfills His purpose for me.  He will send from heaven and save me; He will put to shame him who tramples on me.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the privilege of preaching the Gospel and for persecution for the kingdom’s sake.  Help me to boldly trust You each day for strength and help.

1st Samuel 20:3 “. . . But truly, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.”

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Overcoming unbelief!

Scripture reading for February 22nd:  Mark 9

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 9:21-24  “Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”  “From childhood,” he answered.  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.  But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”  “‘If you can?'” said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”

This demon possessed boy’s father had brought his child to the disciples for deliverance, but they were unable to help him.  When Jesus arrived back with Peter, James and John, from the glorious transformation experience, He ministered to this man and his son.  He heard the explanation of the demon trying to kill the boy and found out that this condition existed from childhood.  We are not told how this happened, except that this boy’s life was in grave danger from these demonic attacks.

As Jesus was talking with this father, the man humbly asked Him, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”  Jesus quickly corrected his wavering statement of “If”  with a promise that “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  This desperate man caught on quickly, stating his faith and asking for help with his human unbelief!  Jesus met him where he was and his son was delivered!

Observations for over-comers:  Sometimes our human tendencies to question God’s ability creep into our reasoning in difficult situations.  Ask the Holy Spirit to bring quick correction and help to stand firm!  “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.  He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me, God sends His love and faithfulness.”  (Psalm 57:2-3)

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