“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” (Psalm 19:7, NKJV)
Reflection: Do you want to look at something perfect? Gaze into the law and you will be laid low as you see God's perfection against your own imperfection. David said it "converts the soul" or in the Greek Septuagint, the word for "turn" or "return" can be used here which means there is a transformation which takes place.
Application: Given the power of God's word in the law, we should use it to help bring the knowledge of sin when sharing the Gospel. Hold a righteous, holy standard before sinners to give them a reason to run to the Savior, Jesus Christ. Go share God's word and help them to understand their condition.
“Now as he [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.” (Acts 24:25–26, NKJV)
Reflection: The Apostle Paul was being kept in prison and Felix, the Governor, was to rule over his situation based upon accusations raised against him. Paul saw it as an opportunity to share the Gospel. As Felix listened to the words of Paul, he continued to put off and procrastinate regarding regarding his message. Felix was interested in obtaining money from Paul and not the message of the Gospel.
Application: To know that even the Apostle Paul faced rejection from his hearers is encouraging. It also shares a message about how long a person can invest in relationships and still see nothing for the effort. Paul shared the Good News hoping to "persuade" Felix. May we too be "persuasive" in winning souls through the power of the Holy Spirit and keep a positive attitude because it is God who does the saving and not us.
And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach
Reflection: A Bible teacher explained that Jesus selected twelve and "appointed" them to spend time with them so that they would be prepared and it consists of two separate aspects. The first is that He would "be with" them. The second is that He "could send them out to preach." There is an initial time they spent with Him and then He commissioned them to go to deliver the message of the Gospel.
Application: How important it is for us to seek to spend time daily in prayer and Bible study seeking the Lord and then going out to share the incredible message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Mk 3:14.
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Reflection: Central to the Great Commission is evangelism. Preparing others to spread the Gospel was the work which Jesus did and it is a message that is to be spread from to another. Jesus didn't just tell them how, he lived it in front of them. How we all need Godly leaders who will live out evangelism in front of us.
Application: Are you spreading the message of the Gospel so that others can know the way to salvation? If not, find the excuse and eliminate it today!
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 2 Ti 2:2.
But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Reflection: After Peter’s restoration, he was soon preaching before the “men of Israel.” In this address, he is here bringing to light the truth of the Scriptures and the fulfillment by Jesus Christ. Spurgeon made the following note, “See how he woos them, as a mother does her child, and interprets their wicked conduct as kindly as he can.”
Application: Lord help us to bear with those who have never heard the Gospel as we attempt to share with them the light of God’s truth. Help us to endure and bear with them because God's Word will do exactly what He has promised it will do.
C. H. Spurgeon, The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 637.
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