February 4, 2018: SOAP #2985:  Exodus 37-38; Psalm 19; Acts 11 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 11:22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true […]

February 4, 2018: SOAP #2985:  Exodus 37-38; Psalm 19; Acts 11

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 11:22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Observation:    It is good to note that evidence of the grace of God is seeable!     It could even be said that it is hard to hide.   God's grace on the inside changes how we see things, changes how we respond to interruptions, changes our complaining to thanksgiving.

Only one step out of our home in the morning tells me if the wind is blowing.     I see the clouds moving in the sky.   I see the leaves dancing on the trees.   I see a piece of paper moving along the ground.   I feel the breeze blowing across the check.   These are all evidence of something I cannot see.

Application:    God's grace cannot be seen, but the evidence of God's grace in my heart cannot be missed.   My words and actions display God's grace.

When I see evidence of God's grace in people's lives around me, I should be quick to give a word of encouragement.   'I like your tee-shirt.'   'That is the way Jesus would have done it.'   'I saw you pray over your lunch.'   'That is a good bumper sticker on your car.'   'Thanks for mentioning the name of Jesus in public.'

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, may I be your eyes to see and your mouth to speak words of appreciation and encouragement to those whose lives show evidence of your presence!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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