Scripture: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
Reflection: The disciples had been with Jesus for some time and walked with Him and talked with Him. In this moment, Jesus Christ describes their future destination and exhorts them not to have "troubled" hearts. The exhortation to believe in Jesus Christ is combined with the hopeful future destiny.
Application: Are you encountering trouble and rough times as a disciple fo the Lord Jesus Christ? Believe in Jesus Christ and take in the vision of the future destination to heart because there is a home in heaven apart from this world.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 14:1–3.
Scripture: "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse..."
Reflection: The Apostle Paul stated that the "invisible attributes" of God are "clearly seen." If we look at the creation, we see an amazing design created by God with purpose and meaning. This matches with the verse in Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (NKJV). We can see the truly awesome aspect of God's creation in the wonders of His creation and it is clearly evident. This is very strong foundation upon which to proclaim the truth.
Application: Knowing that there is a clearly revealed knowledge of God revealed to mankind, those who reject the truth are going to be "without excuse." This should give every Christian a solid basis upon which to preach the Gospel because God has given them an awareness of His existence. Whether they will "supress the truth in unrighteousness" or repent and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1:15 NKJV) can only happen if the message is spread. Be diligent to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let God handle the results.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ro 1:20.
"..how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."
Reflection: The Apostle Paul taught the truth to those he came in contact with and within these verses, his audience consisted of both Jews and Greeks. Regardless of the audience, the message is the same one Jesus said in Mark 1:15, "Repent and believe in the Gospel." We have the Gospel clarified by Christ Himself and here clarified by Paul. Despite the audience, the message is the same. The message does not need to be changed for a specific group.
Application: In sharing the Gospel, are you calling people to "repent and believe in the Gospel?" If so, it is helpful to clarify what repentence is about. Some people do not know that it involves turning from sin. Ask God to help you clearly communicate the Gospel so that others can respond.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 20:20–21.
Scripture: "And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved."
Reflection: When Paul was witnessing to others, he experienced the mixture of responses by people he encountered. In the midst of this encounter the following verse said that the people "did not agree among themselves" (Acts 28:25 NKJV). He had gone on to quote Isaiah 6:9-10 when he said, "And seeing you will see, and not perceive" Acts 28:26b NKJV. If Paul faced opposition during evangelism, what should we expect? Those who had believed may have even been discouraged by the people around them.
Application: Knowing how the Apostle Paul faced a mixture of responses and people disagreeing about the message of the Gospel, it is an encouragement to know that we can be prepared in advance that people may not be unanimously receptive to the message of Good News. Take heart, for the changing of the heart is God's work. Your mission is to share the message.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 28:24.
"And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God."
Reflection: The Apostle Paul becomes a role model for us through the pages of Scripture. As an example, he calls others to live like him. This passage within Acts shows how he went into a public space and began to "reason" and "persuade" and to "speak boldly." The subject matter for his speaking was on "the things of the kingdom of God." His message centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it should be ours to go and tell others. Have you noticed that you probably speak more confidently and boldly when you fully believe in what you are communicating? Paul had confidence in the message because He knew the Creator of all!
Application: Perhaps you do not have a public arena or theater to speak in, but you can speak with people God places in your path. Ask Him to bring people across your path with whom you can share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask Him for the courage to "speak boldly," "reasoning and persuading" with others in love with His message of the forgiveness of sins.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 19:8.
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