Monday, June 27, 2022

Follow God's Lead (Make your nickname be Barnabas!!!)

Event: The Believers Share their Possessions  



S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 36-37  Joseph, surnamed Barnabas (which means encouragement) sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet.

O - Observation
Following God's lead. Leading by example. I love this guy. Its only appropriate that a man nicknamed, “Encouragement”, would commit an act that would fuel encouragement. I love this guy not because he was told to do something and he did. No. This guy recognized Psalm 24 v. 1, "The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof." What he had, what possessions he possed, were gifts from God. So why not be generous with what he has? After all, he's simply a steward of these things anyways. Knowing and thinking in our mind what to do is one thing. Acting on it, is another. Following God's lead will reward you and encourage others.

A - Application
Are you following God's lead? Could we nickname you Barnabas?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Give me the courage to say and DO!!   Love Will

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Pray without Ceasing

 Guest Blog by Gary Riedel



S - SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

O - OBSERVATION: Never stop praying? How would I get anything else done? That’s not what this means at all, prayer is about our relationship with the Heavenly Father, and our relationship 
with Him should be continuous, that is we are always aware that our Father is never off duty. In Luke 12:7 He says even the very hairs of our head are numbered, God knows us very intimately, in Psalm 139:16, He says He knew us while we were yet in our mother’s womb. God seeks intimacy with us, we should do the same with Him.

A - APPLICATION: So if God wants to be this close to me, how can I be close to Him? I can read His word daily, I can set aside a quiet time to spend with Him, In my life as a farmer I am constantly aware of the awesome beauty of His creation and I can pray or communicate with him any time and all the time. I believe it’s important to always acknowledge that God is always present, it can and will change the way we live our life. “Pray without ceasing!”

P - PRAYER: Gracious Father, by the power of Your Spirit help us to be more intimate with You always. In Jesus Name,
Amen

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Pray for the Great Power - Daily!

Event: The Believers Prayer

S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 33 And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

O - Observation
Death defying. Requires confidence in what you are doing. That's what the apostles were doing. Think about it the actuality of Jesus brutalization, physical suffering and death, was still very fresh. The players involved in this act were still very much around. Yet, knowing what happened to Jesus, they were BOLD in proclaiming his message of forgiveness and that He was the only way to Heaven. This was so because of the Great Power and Great Grace that was upon them all. The Holy Spirit filled them with the Power. He helped them to see past the physical abuse and death that would be inevitable, to see the second half. Jesus resurrection. Eternal life.

A - Application
Do you realize that the same Power, same Holy Spirit is with us today?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Send your Holy Spirit deep into the core of my life.   Love Will


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Friday, June 24, 2022

Rock the foundation

Event: The Believers' Prayer 

 


S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of the word of God with Boldness.

O - Observation
Rocking the foundation of the world. The power of prayer. When Peter and John finished speaking words of encouragement, they prayed for boldness. Today's verse was the result of their prayer. Praying in Jesus name is Powerful. Remember, James 2 v. 19, "You believe that God is one;  you do well, even the demons believe - AND SHUDDER!!" Now that is Power. Now there is no reason to fear being bold for Christ. 2 Timothy 1 v. 7, " For God did not give us a Spirit of timidy but a spirit of Power and Love and Self-Control."

A - Application
Am I ready to rock the worlds foundation? Am I ready to be bold?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Fill me with boldness to proclaim your word.   Love Will


Thursday, June 23, 2022

We must be bold!

Event: The Believers' Prayer

S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 29 And now Lord, look upon their threat, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness.

O - Observation
My daily prayer. Our daily prayer. Speaking the Word of God with Boldness. We face threats of doing this today. To declare our faith, to declare what God declares to be true now labels us as right wing fundamentalist. Usually they reserve the wings and fundamentalist for the crazies. But God's word can not be diluted. The truth is the truth. So in-spite of what the world wants to hear (or not hear) we must be bold in speaking the truth. We must take advantage of every opportunity to share the good news. Colossians 3 v 16a, "Let the word of Christ dwell within you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom."

A - Application
Am I speaking God's word Boldly? 



P - Prayer
Jesus, give me the courage and opportunities to speak your word boldly.   Love Will


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Make it a priotrity to be a part of Believers

Event: The Believers' Prayer

S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 23 When they were released they went to their friends and reported what the chief priest and the elders had said to them.

O - Observation
Testimony. Beat Reports. Just stating the facts. Refueling. Inspiring. Going to their friends. The power of a testimony among friends and believers in Jesus is critical. God created us to be in Unity. God created us to have relationship with each other, to mesh people of different skill sets together.  1 Corinthians 12 v. 25b-26, "But that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored all rejoice together." We need to have a place to share our stories, our faith, that is a safe place. We need to be a part of a body of believers.


A - Application
Am I an active part of a body of believers?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Help me to be there for my brothers and sisters in Christ.   Love Will


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Know your story - share your story

Event: Peter and John before the Sanhedrin  



S - Scripture
Acts 4 v. 19 - 20  But Peter and John answered then, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God, you must judge; FOR WE CANNOT BUT SPEAK OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD.

O - Observation
It's that simple. You don't need to be a pastor or a scholar to share the good news of Jesus. You simply need to tell how Jesus has impacted your life. After-all, no one can refute your own story. The evidence of Jesus is impressed on and in every believer. It's a matter of turning on the light. Illuminate that you are a child of God. Matthew 5 v. 16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven."

A - Application
Am I speaking of what I have seen and heard?

P - Prayer
Jesus, Let me be a bright light for you.  Love Will

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