Tag: appointed by God
Scripture reading for June 4th: Acts 22, Psalm 111, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: Acts 22:12-15 “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth; for you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.”
Paul was giving his testimony to the Jews in Jerusalem of his encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. He had been blinded physically and spiritually but God sent Ananias, a devout Jewish Christian, to bring him healing and a word of knowledge confirming His will. Paul (Saul) saw Jesus and heard Him speak to Him, bringing about his conversion and understanding of God’s will for his life.
Faith Confession: Lord Jesus, thank You for appointing me and calling me to be a witness for You to all you put in my path. Empower me with the Holy Spirit today for boldness and clarity, with open spiritual eyes.
Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.”
Scripture reading for November 3rd: Hebrews 5:1-14
Nothing in this life lasts forever. The law of entropy is at work. Brand new automobiles soon wear out or break down. Technology that is cutting edge today is obsolete tomorrow. Our bodies that are young and vibrant are soon old and weak! But God has given us something that will last forever: eternal salvation!
“And He says of Him, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:6-10)
In order to become the source of eternal salvation, Jesus Christ humbled Himself in complete obedience to the will of the Father and became a man. God loved the world and man whom He had made in His image and likeness. (john 3:16) He wanted all men to be saved so He designated His Son, Jesus Christ as a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek was a priest who met Abraham after he defeated the king of Sodom. He was a king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God. As a priest, He had no recorded genealogy. There was no record of his birth or of his death. This priest stands out in history because of this as a type of priest without beginning or ending. His was an eternal priesthood. Abraham honored Him by giving a tenth (tithe) of the spoils. (Genesis 14:18-20)
Jesus Christ was designated by God to be a priest forever after this eternal order of Melchizedek. He earned this right through total submission and obedience to His Father. He offered up prayers and petitions with crying and tears while offering His body and then His life-blood for lost sinners. He was raised up after three days to become our High Priest and the source of eternal salvation! He ever lives to intercede for those He saved! He is King of Kings and will rule in Salem (Jerusalem)! He blesses the children of Abraham through faith!
Scripture reading for August 5th: Jeremiah 1-6
When does life really begin? This debate has been going on in our nation for a number of years. Some say life begins at conception while others say it begins when the fetus is able to maintain life on it’s own outside of the womb. Others say that at birth life begins. What does God’s word indicate about this question?
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5) This scripture and others in the Bible indicate that God knows each person before they are formed in the womb! Ephesians 1:4 states that God chose us to be in Christ before the creation of the world! God knows everything before anything visible was even created! What amazing insight into each of our lives! We are more significant than we might think to God and He has a plan for each of us!
Jeremiah was set apart by God for a specific mission before he was ever born into this world. Jeremiah was appointed by God to be a prophet. Prophets listen to God and then speak His thoughts and word to people. God doesn’t do anything by way of judgment without warning people by the prophets. (Amos 3:6-7) When God spoke to Jeremiah he was only a child–we are not sure of his age. God told him not to worry about his youth and inexperience, but to speak the word of God.
God promised to be with him and deliver him. I don’t know about you, but if God told me that he would deliver me, I would be asking God what I would be involved in that called for deliverance! When any prophet spoke the word of God, it always brought some kind of response. God used that word to uproot and tear down or to build up and plant. (Jeremiah 1:7-9) These activities bring conflict that sometimes cause the need for God’s deliverance!
God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond tree and asked him what he saw. The almond tree was the first tree to bloom in the spring in Israel and it was watched by all the people as a sign that spring was coming. God spoke to Jeremiah through that vision that God Himself would watch over His word to bring it to pass. (Jeremiah 1:12-12)
Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets! I believe that as we read through this book God will speak to us about our time and day! Listen closely for God speaking to you and confirming His call. Let Him show you how He has watched over His word and is still watching over it to bring it to pass. It will revolutionize your faith and daily walk.