October 18, 2019: SOAP #3606: Job 3-4; Acts 8-9 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 8:1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for […]
October 18, 2019: SOAP #3606: Job 3-4; Acts 8-9
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 8:1 And Saul was there, givingapproval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against thechurch at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughoutJudea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 ButSaul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off menand women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached theword wherever they went.
Observation: Beingscattered was not a pleasant ordeal for the early Christians to endure. But they did not become bitter and complainabout the terrible way they were being treated. What they had with Jesus in their heart was much greater than what wasin the homes they were forced to leave.
They considered their permanent heavenly home of greater value than theirtemporary earthly dwelling. Whereverthey went they spoke of the great treasure waiting for them. Jesus had left and the Holy Spirit had takenover His ministry. These disciplesbecame the living proof of Jesus life!
Application: When circumstances force me to relocate, Iwant to be so full of Jesus and His joy that any complaining will be replacedwith joyful anticipation. If sickness causes my earthly body to be confined ina hospital room, may the faith of my heavenly life spread the news to everyonewho enters my hospital room. If a badbusiness endeavor results in bankruptcy, may the contentment and faith of myheavenly life cause me to tell banker and lawyer of my great Heavenly Advocate!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in good times and bad timesyou remain worthy of my praise! May you always shine through mycircumstances. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!