Commenting on Acts 20 ~
The model covered the whole time Paul spent in Ephesus, right from the first moment he arrived until he left. That period has already been described in Acts 19:1-20; and if that were the only account of it, we might well have formed the impression that it was two years and three months of the rigorous public preaching of a forceful man, performing extraordinary miracles and achieving triumphant success. What a different side of things the present address paints in. Here is what the work of serving the Lord was really like, and here is the real man who actually did it: marked by humility, often reduced to tears as he faced the plots of the Jews against him (Acts 20:19, 31), and constantly beset with trials. But see his moral courage and generosity: ‘I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you,’ he declares in verse 20; and again in verse 27, ‘For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.’
D.W. Gooding, True To The Faith: Charting The Course Through The Acts Of The Apostles. (Grand Rapids, MI: Gospel Folio Press, 1995), 323.
“men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
1 Chronicles 12:32 ESV
1 Chronicles 12 tells us of the “mighty men” who rallied to David’s side during his days of rejection.
Not surprisingly those who came to David were highly skilled warriors. They were swift, mighty and experienced. Experts with the weapons of war including spear, shield, bow, and sling. By the tens of thousands they came to David’s aid equipped and battle ready.
There were others who came to David who brought an entirely different set of skills. Yes, they may have been warriors too– but they possessed something much greater than military prowess, they possessed wisdom and discernment. They were ‘men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.’
Today, perhaps more than ever, God’s Church needs men and women who understand the times. Wise and discerning believers who know what the church ought to do and have the courage to stand up and lead the Church in the ways of God!
Are you such a believer? Will you rally around the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church? Will you, with all wisdom and discernment, seek out God’s will for the Church today? Do you posses the courage to rise up and pursue God’s will?
Lord, I pray for Your wisdom. Wisdom to understand the times. Discernment to know Your will. Courage to stand battle ready. And the audacity to do your will regardless of the cost.
Editorial note: Originally published July 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com
Jeremiah didn’t accomplish God’s will on earth by means of clever speeches, cunning diplomacy, or skillful psychology. He heard God’s Word, took it to heart, and then proclaimed it fearlessly to the people. God did the rest.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Decisive (p. 18). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Read the Book!
Joe Reese at Greenwood Hills 1st Family Conference 2013Read More
A few weeks ago I woke up to find the room spinning around me. I tried to stand up but it wasn’t happening. I booked in to see the doctor and he told me I have mild Vertigo. I had heard about it before and knew a little of what it was. It was really the strangest thing. Other than the dizziness I felt totally fine. No headaches, nauseousness or pain, just the sense that everything around me was on the move.
According to Wikipedia Vertigo (from the Latin vertō “a whirling or spinning movement”) is a type of dizziness, where there is a feeling of motion when one is stationary.
It made me think about spiritual Vertigo. So often in the busyness of service we allow ourselves to get too overwhelmed. It seems like everything is going along fine but life is spinning around us. We can’t quite put our finger on it. Maybe we’re just physically run down and need a break. Maybe we are spread too thin emotionally and can’t deal with the stress that service can bring.Read More
Scripture: Romans 12:1-13
In desiring God’s will, realize you need other saints! Romans 12:3-8
As you seek to find out God’s will, realize that God has not given every spiritual ability to you. You were saved by God’s grace. You still need to depend on God’s grace.
Be careful not to think to highly of yourself. You are not the solution to every problem. God has chosen to given special, unique grace to each saint. So you need other brothers and sistersRead More
The gospel should affect our view of living: Devote yourself to God! Romans 12:1
If you are a saint of God by the mercy of God, then you should be all for God. God should control all of you. Let God use you how He wants. Listen to Paul urging us to give ourselves completely to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Oh dear brother in Christ, I beg you to respond to God’s heart of kindness and compassion! Put your body on the altar. Offer yourself to God. Yield your body to God to use. Give all of yourself!
It makes such good sense to give yourself over to God! Think of who you were when God loved you and gave Christ to die for you! How wonderful that God wanted you for Himself!
Do not hold back oneRead More