February 1, 2018: SOAP #2982:  Exodus 30-32; Acts 8 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out […]

February 1, 2018: SOAP #2982:  Exodus 30-32; Acts 8

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

Observation:   One of the characteristics of a genuine move of God is joy.   When sins are forgiven, and the Lord is set as the king in a heart, there is joy in the person.   And when a city turns to God, there is joy in the city.

Lasting joy cannot be found by seeking joy.   Joy comes as a by-product from doing what is right.   Joy is a by-product of a heart that is right with God.   Joy comes in serving others.   We find joy when what we do brings joy to others, to those we love, and especially to God!

Application:    Great joy and peace comes when I confess my sins to Jesus and ask His forgiveness.   There is nothing like the foundational joy that comes when I know my sins are forgiven.

Prayer:     Jesus, come into my heart.   I accept your death on the cross as the payment for my sins.   Forgive my sins.   I confess that you are my Lord and I set myself to obey you and do what pleases you.   Holy Spirit, I will need your help to live each day to please my Lord.   Jesus, thank you for forgiving me and making my heart your home.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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