Today’s Reading: Acts 19-20
Key Verse: Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
“I fought with beasts at Ephesus!” (1 Corinthians 15:32a). That, plus other events in today’s reading, over a three-year-period, succeeded in planting a strong Church in a city given to the worship of the goddess Diana. When we arrive at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we’ll experience the depth of their understanding of Christ. Even this Church, as strong as they were, could drift away from their first love (Rev. 2:1-7). In Ephesus, Paul found Jewish men who believed in Jesus through a disciple of John the Baptist. Obviously the one who shared the story of Jesus had left Jerusalem before the Holy Spirit came on the 120 in the Upper Room. Here is another outpouring of God’s Spirit that was manifested outwardly in the same way. We should experience the Holy Spirit in our lives too. Let’s not stop short of all God has for us.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, re-kindle in me the fire of my first love. Blow with the mighty rushing wind of Your Spirit upon the embers of my life which sometimes just smolder. By faith I welcome You, Holy Spirit, now as I go back to prayer for a time. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Revelation 19:10, says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The most thorough, yet concise, testimony of Jesus, is an evidence of the spirit of prophecy. Paul wrote: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3b-4). This may be the first such confession in writing in the Greek Scriptures. The Scriptures to which Paul refers are those in Hebrew, which he spent a life-time studying. This was how Paul was able to speak so convincingly, for three months, in the synagogue of Ephesus (19:8). Today, Ephesus is Istanbul, a Muslim majority city. O God! Help me never to lose my first love for You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Muslims believe that God is not a “Father,” and that He has no Son. I exalt You Jesus, Son of the living God. You have risen from the dead and You are forever alive. That’s New Testament prophecy. It flows out of me in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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