Wednesday, December 5, 2018

YOUR HOUSEHOLD

Today’s Reading: Acts 16

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

This is the traditional place where Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi. Evidence of an earthquake is obvious.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Acts 16:30-31

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

 

Firstly, consider the circumcision of Timothy, whose mother was Jewish but probably not his father. The mission field for Paul and his co-workers was primarily the Jewish people. As a trained Rabbi, Paul knew how to perform a circumcision. Why go through this painful procedure? The answer is that it was necessary to remove any excuses that Jews might use for not believing in Jesus. Secondly, the jailer was probably a Gentile. When the earthquake released the prisoners (evidence of an earthquake is seen in Reynold’s photo above), the jailer was about to kill himself because an escape would guarantee his execution anyway. With the question of our key verse, it’s unlikely that the warden was asking about the path to eternal life. It probably had to do with his impending execution by the authorities. Nevertheless, the Apostles did not miss an opportunity to tell a lost man about being saved from a worse fate than physical death. We must, as Paul and Silas did, take every opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus. Let us look for that opening for witness today.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I confess I’ve often made the way of Salvation more complicated than it is. Help me, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep it simple, direct, and with the assurance of my own Salvation clearly in mind. In Your Saving Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

A medical doctor said to me as I was witnessing to him, “I do believe. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, but I’m no different as a result.” I believe God gave me a reply as follows: “I believe you are a good doctor, but I don’t believe in you.” His response was, “What do you mean?” “Just this,” I said, “I’ve never had to trust you to save my life. I’ve never been on an operating table knowing that you would perform surgery on me. I’ve never had to believe IN you. I only believe ABOUT you.” It was like a light going on in his face and he prayed something like this: “Lord Jesus, I realize that I’ve been believing ABOUT You, but from now on I’m going to believe IN You. I put my entire life into Your hands. Operate on me. Remove my sin. Amen!” He was a new man from that point forward. He was saved from eternal death, and his household also believed and was saved to eternal life.

Yours for a clear, convincing witness for Christ at every opportunity,

David

P.S. Below is a photo of the only stream flowing through ancient Philippi. Paul baptized Lydia in this river as recorded in today’s Bible reading.

 

7 thoughts on “Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  1. Here I sit will my daughter who brought me to the Lord over 3 years ago, going in for surgery. Holy Spirit seek out those the one who knows you but does not have you in them. You know that person pour out your love apon them in Jesus name amen

    • Lord You know this whole situation! I trust You will heal this daughter,and bless the parent, sometimes Lord You set our lives up so that we can sit and think about You…..TY for those times in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  2. Pray your daughter comes through the surgery well Dale and rejoice with you that she brought you to the Lord. The Lord helped me to do the same with my father. All Glory to His Name! Acts 16 is such a special chapter to me, especially the verses 9 and 31. Standing on the promise “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you saved be saved and your household” for the many who need to be saved in my household. Remember David’s broadcast on 100 Huntley St. years ago on “Household Salvation?” Verse 9 says,…”Come over into Macedonia and help us.” The Lord graciously gave me the opportunity to go there three times. I love you Lord, Great is your faithfulness. All to your honor and glory, Amen!

  3. So amazing how badly Paul and his fellow believers were treated by the ignorance of people not knowing the ways of our heavenly Father. Not much has changed to date.

    “When we serve others, we emulate the One who “came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45). And we love our Father by loving our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39; 25:35-40).”

    Praying for service to others to make our day joyful.

  4. From his experience and acceptance of Jesus in his heart; with determination. Paul shared his faith and zeal to preach salvation every opportunity the Spirit of God gave him.
    What a witness for Jesus!
    Lord I pray for open doors, be it by donating to those ministries I support or whatever opportunity that the Lord gives me.

    Thank you for this blog where we uplift one another in Christ; thank you Ron and Ann for posting it. Thank you Reynold for the photos that so exemplify the scripture of the day!

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