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Appointed as servant and witness!

Scripture reading for June 10:  Acts 26, Psalm 115, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Acts 26:15-18 “And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen Me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles–to who I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'”

Paul was sharing with King Agrippa the testimony and witness of his encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus road.  He told of Jesus appearing to him and appointing him to be His witness and servant. Jesus would enable him through the Gospel to turn people from darkness to light and deliver them from Satan’s power to restoration of a relationship with God by forgiveness of sins.  This was available for all who would receive and repent!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord Jesus for opening my eyes and appointing me to be your skillful servant and witness.  (Faith action:  Share the Good News of Jesus with someone God places in your path today.)

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”  

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Appointed with authority!

Scripture reading for February 12th:  Mark 3, Psalm 31, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  Mark 3:13-16 “And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him.  And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach and to have authority to cast out demons.  He appointed the twelve: . . .”

Jesus had a plan to reach the lost sinners of this world.  He chose and then called those that He wanted to be used to reach the lost.  He appointed them as His special messengers.  They were to be with Him and learn from Him.  He would send them out to preach, heal, and cast out demons through the authority He would bestow on them.  He chose twelve to be the first.

Faith’s confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ has called me and appointed me to preach His word, heal the sick, and have authority over demonic powers.  All authority has come from Jesus for the purpose of reaching lost sinners.

Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and the needy.”     

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Thankful for God’s Assignments!

Scripture reading for November 15th:  Acts 20-23

Key Scriptures: Acts 22:6-10  “”About noon as I (Paul) came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.  I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, “Saul! Saul!  Why do you persecute Me?’  “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.  “‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied.  My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of Him who was speaking to me.  “”What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked?  “‘Get up’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus.  There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'”

Paul shared his testimony of his own personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  Paul was on his way to Damascus with warrants to arrest followers of Jesus.  Jesus confronted him, and Paul was struck with blindness from the light of Christ’s glory.  Paul was told to go into Damascus and there he would be told what God had assigned him to do!  After his healing and conversion, Paul had his work laid out for him!  God has plans for all His people!

God’s amazing plans:  “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.”  “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”  But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’  You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.”  (Jeremiah 1:4-8)

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