Wednesday, July 15, 2020

An Amazing Journey!

Again, I can never encourage you enough to regularly spend time in the Bible. When we do, we learn, we grow, we are blessed to be able to speak with the Lord through His holy and inspired Word. I finished reading the Book of Acts last week, and I want to share something with you that God revealed to me. Acts 21:1-7,

“After saying farewell to the Ephesian elders, we sailed straight to the island of Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and then went to Patara. There we boarded a ship sailing for Phoenicia. We sighted the island of Cyprus, passed it on our left, and landed at the harbor of Tyre, in Syria, where the ship was to unload its cargo. We went ashore, found the local believers, and stayed with them a week. These believers prophesied through the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go on to Jerusalem. When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including women and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed, and said our farewells. Then we went aboard, and they returned home. The next stop after leaving Tyre was Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed for one day. The next day we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food” (Acts 21:1-7).

It is incredible to think of how many places Paul must have stayed, lived, or visited over the years. Personally, I have moved sixteen times in my life. Some would say that is a lot. Paul would likely say, “And?” As I read these verses this time the Holy Spirit convicted me with a sense of deep appreciation. I was reminded of Paul, along with all the other disciples and evangelists, and how they were always on the move for the cause of the gospel. The same was evident when Jesus responded in Luke 9, to someone who said, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said something with a sense of warning. Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). This suggests following Christ can sometimes mean a transient life.

When we say we have “given it all” to God, “all” means “all.” It is a declaration that we are willing to do, say, or go wherever the Spirit leads. If God is asking you to do something, say something, or go somewhere, like Paul, respond in faith. God never asks you to do anything He will not provide the means to achieve. Sometimes we don’t know what to say. Moses certainly felt unqualified. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:19, “…don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time” (Matthew 10:19).

No matter what it is, where it is, or how illogical it may sound. God will give you the courage, the words, or whatever support you need to accomplish His plan for you, because it’s ultimately for Him. So, trust Him. I promise you. It is an amazing journey!

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