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July 23: Acts 24; Psalms 33, 34

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 24; Psalms 33, 34

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles  pgs 419 - 427    

God's Character of Love

In Acts, as Paul stands and testifies before Felix, I sense that God was trying to reach Felix and his wife. The Holy Spirit is striving to draw sinners to God's love. In Psalms God is revealed as loving righteousness and justice, as being good, merciful, a helper, a shield, deliverer and the One who is near to those with a broken and contrite heart.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In Acts Paul preaches faith in Christ to Felix and his wife. With this gospel emphasis he also shared righteousness, self-control and the coming judgment. In Psalms Christ is revealed as the One who "redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned."

Verse(s) that speak to me today

Psalm 34:10 "...those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Seek Me and you will not lack in any good thing that I have for you.

July 21: Acts 23:1-15; Psalms 29-30

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 23:1-15; Psalms 29-30

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 415-418

God's Character of Love

In Acts God's love is revealed in Him "standing by" Paul in prision and telling him to be of "good cheer" and then gives him instruction. God stands with us in the prisons of life and offers comfort and instructions for life.

Jesus & Him Crucified

Paul's trial before the coucil, in Acts, again resembles Jesus trials. Paul is slapped like Jesus was and the crowd was ready to pull him to pieces like Jesus sufferings. Jesus, Himself, comes to Paul in prision and tells him that he will share the Gospel in Rome.

Verse(s) that speak to me today

Psalm 30:5 - "For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

When you go through the nights and prisons of life I will stand by you to comfort you, instruct you and turn your weeping to joy.

July 20: Acts 22; Psalms 26-28

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 22; Psalms 26-28

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 410-414

God's Character of Love

The love of God is seen in Acts when Jesus is speaking to Paul and says that his persecuting His people (the early Christians) was the same as persecuting Him. Jesus is so linked with redeemed humanity that He feels what we feel. When we suffer, He suffers. In Psalms He is full of lovingkindness and mercy, our strength and salvation, the One who cares for us even if mother and father forsake us.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In Acts, as we see in Paul's experience, the correct response to the Gospel is "Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." In Psalms, He is our salvation, our light and the One who removes fear of man. We can be confident in His salvation.

Verse(s) that Speak to me today

Acts 22:14 - "The God of our fathers has chosen you that you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth." Psalm 27:1 - "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

The Holy Spirit say to me today

I have chosen you to know My will, see Jesus and hear My voice. I am your salvation and your strength, so do not fear man.

July 19: Acts 21:18-40; Psalms 23-25

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 21:18-40; Psalms 23-25

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 399 - 409    

God's Character of Love

In Acts, He is the God of salvation to the gentiles. In Psalms, He is the Shepherd who cares for me, the God of Salvation and a merciful Teacher of righteousness.

Jesus and Him Crucified

Paul goes to Jerusalem, is falsely accused, beaten by a mob that seeks to kill him and handed over to the gentile authorities. Paul's experience resembles Christ's experience in Jerusalem leading up to the cross. In Psalms today, Christ is alluded to as the God of salvation and the King of Glory.

Verse(s) that speak to me today

Acts 21:19 "...he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry." Psalm 25:8 "Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

I am the One who goes before you and works through you to bring you success in ministry. Trust in Me and I will teach you in the ways of righteousness.


July 18: Acts 21:1-17; Psalm 20-22

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 21:1-17; Psalms 20-22

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 389 - 398

God's Character of Love

Based on today's reading I see God as a merciful and loving Savior.

 

Jesus and Him Crucified

In Acts Paul is willing to die for the Lord Jesus. He is being warned through the Spirit that he will be bound and handed over to the gentiles remarkably just like Jesus was in Jerusalem (before He was crucified). In Psalms 20-21 we are encouraged to rejoice in the Lords salvation. Psalm 22 is a Messianic prophecy of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.

 

Verse(s) that speaks to me

Psalm 20:5 "We will rejoice in your salvation..."

 

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Rejoice in My gift of salvation.

July 14: Acts 19:1-20; Psalm 10-12

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 19:1-20; Psalm 10-12

The Love of God

I see God's character of love in Acts when through Paul He healed many people through unusual miracles and delivering people from demons. He is a healer and a deliverer. In Psalms He sees our grief and trouble, He is the helper of the fatherless and He is righteous.

Jesus/Salvation

In Acts, Paul preaches Jesus and those who believed were baptized into His name and recieved the Holy Spirit.

Verses/Phrases

"fear fell on them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified." Acts 19:17. "You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more." Ps. 10:17-18.

His Word to My Heart

The name of Jesus is to be taken seriously. Focus on knowing Me and not just using My name for your advantage. I have heard the cries of the people for justice. Trust in Me for I will do justice.

July 12: Acts 17:16-34; Psalm 4-6

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 17:16-34; Psalm 4-6

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 231-242

The Love of God

In Acts, Paul is in Athens declaring God as Creator who "gives to all life, breath and all things...in hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us," Acts 17:25-27. Here I see God as a loving Creator and Sustainer who longs for us to draw close to Him and find Him, for He is not far from us. Wow. In Psalms God's character of love is revealed in Him being the One who hears our prayers, puts gladness in our hearts, gives us peace and safety, hates wickendess and is full of mercy.

Jesus/Salvation

In Acts Paul "preached to them Jesus and the resurrection." Acts 17:18 In Psalms David appeals to God to deliver and save him for His "mercies' sake!" (Ps. 6:4). Jesus is our Deliverer and He is full of mercy. He is mighty to save and David knew this.

Verses/Phrases

"now commands all men everywhere to repent" Acts 17:30. "Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Ps. 4:4,8

His Word to My Heart

Repent. Meditate on My word and be still. Then I will give you peace and make you dwell in safety.

July 11: Acts 17:1-15; Psalm 1-3

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 17:1-15; Psalm 1-3

My heart is again stirred by the word of God this morning. God's love is seen clearest in the cross of Jesus Christ, which Paul preached in Acts 17. Paul preached the Gospel as it says in Acts 17:2-4, "Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ." The Holy Spirit also brought my attention to the Bereans in Acts 17:11, "These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they recieved the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."

I began Psalms today and saw God's love revealed when David declared in Psalm 3 that God is his "shield", the One who lifts his head, who hears his cry for help, sustains and saves him. Jesus is clearly seen in Psalm 2 as the "Anointed" of the Lord. As a matter of fact all of Psalm 2 is a messianic prophecy. Also, in Psalm 3:8, David says,"Salvation belongs to the Lord." The Holy Spirit really spoke to me in Psalm 1:2-3, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."

Today I hear the lord saying to me: Delight in My word as you search the scriptures daily and meditate on it day and night. Recieve the word with all readiness. Then you will bring forth fruit and whatever you do shall prosper.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 221 - 231

July 10: Acts 16:22-40; Job 41-42

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 16:22-40; Job 41-42

The word of God is speaking with such relevance today. The love of God shines forth in the rejoicing that is brought about in the jailer's house because he believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus had set him and his household free just like the prisoners. The good news about Jesus is seen in these words, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31). The Holy Spirit really spoke to me in Acts 16:25, "But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them."

In Job I see the love of God in the way He blessed Job in his latter days more than in his beginning. The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is seen in the burnt offerings that God commanded Job's friends to offer for their "folly." Then Job, who was acceptable to God, prayed for them that they might be forgiven. Jesus is our sacrificial offering. His sacrifice was acceptable to God and He now intercedes for us in heaven as our High Priest! The Holy Spirit really spoke to me through Job 42:10, "And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."

I can hear God saying to me today: In the midnights of your life, sing praises to Me and I will bring about your deliverance. I will break the chains in your life and others. Let others bear witness and hear the testimony of your song. Increase your efforts in interceding for others and I will restore to you twice and you had before.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs  211 - 220

June 25: Acts 7:43-60; Job 3,4

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 7:43-60; Job 3,4

Today was not an easy read. Stephen preaches his last sermon and gets stoned to death. Job wishes that he could die or that he waasn't even born. His "so called" friend basically says that it is because he has sinned that he is suffering. In Job it was aparent that Job, in his distress, couldn't see God's character of love. His friend seemed to have some misconceptions about God's character. I have some take aways with Stephen in Acts. He preached his last sermon, which exalted Christ as the Just One who was crucified and murdered, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, his message cost him his life, but his death planted a seed in Saul/Paul that would ultimately ignite the gospel being sent to the gentiles. Lord, today I hear you saying to beware of misconceptions of Your character, be filled with the Holy Spirit and preach like I could die and it is my last sermon.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 97 - 102