Today’s Reading: Acts 21
Key Verse: Acts 21:8-9
On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
“Paul….entered the temple” (21:26). It’s hard for us to imagine what the Temple was like 2000 years ago. The Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Paul and the Jerusalem church leaders were determined to remove any stumbling blocks (the matter of Paul’s Jewishness) that would hinder Jews from coming to Christ. Regardless of the consequences, we must do all in our power to take away anything that would keep others from coming to Christ. Philip’s four daughters are a great example of a family committed to winning the world for Jesus. These girls testified for Jesus (the spirit of prophesy, see Rev. 19:10) in Caesarea where they lived. Think of how excited they must have been as Paul, Luke and others stayed in their home. The stories they heard encouraged them to continue their New Testament prophecy, testifying for Jesus. As we read those same stories, let’s share them with others.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, may I serve You, doing the right thing. Help me, regardless of the consequences to me personally. Help me, like Paul, to submit to those who are in leadership in the church. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve been blessed with godly and strong leadership in seeking to do the will of God in ministry. I’ve sought to move forward in harmony with the wisdom that is found in a “multitude of counselors” (Prov. 11:14). Having received counsel, I learned that they were not called of God to do the work, I was. I was ordained by the laying on of hands by my brothers back in the spring of 1959 (1 Tim. 4:11-16). The day came when those same leaders encouraged me to move into a ministry on behalf of the whole Church. I had no desire to be “independent.” I’ve never found that word in the Bible. Nevertheless, at the counsel of my brothers, I incorporated a separate ministry in order to do New Testament prophecy in the broadest way possible, bringing on the team clergy of several different denominations. God honored this move and a great many people have come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. To God be all the credit and glory.
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