ACTS – The Acts of God
It is no wonder God’s Holy Spirit is leading us through Acts as a precursor to our “Journey in January” to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We look forward to what God is doing there and what He will do in and through us as we join Him in His work. We have had to accomplish a lot of details before we go. We have been sick over the past three weeks but are now healing from it.
The weather is challenging but doable. A loved one is in the hospital but seems to be on the way to mending. Evil has attacked our minds with “what in the world are you doing, you are too old and lack the abilities it takes”. In Jesus Name, evil has been defeated. Our confidence is in Christ and His Spirit working through us in ways that we cannot yet see or imagine!
There are many of you praying with us and we cherish each one of those prayers and we love you for praying! Saying yes to God will always include trials and challenges, but HE is always with us through it all. Where He guides, He provides. He is always the solution to every problem or challenge. We are praying for you and the mission God has invited you to at home.
Yes, I would rather be with God, obeying God than facing life without Him. Going my own way is a life without peace.
Paul and Barnabas were great encouragers to the church to “stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit.” He knew the journey wouldn’t be easy for all kinds of reasons. Read our next small passage and be blessed by His Holy Spirit with me…
Acts 14, The Message
Plenty of Hard Times
21-22 After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.”
23-26 Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying—their prayers intensified by fasting—they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives. Working their way back through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia and preached in Perga. Finally, they made it to Attalia and caught a ship back to Antioch, where it had all started—launched by God’s grace and now safely home by God’s grace. A good piece of work.
27-28 On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in. Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples.
“Launched by God’s Grace and now safely home by God’s Grace. A good piece of work.” This is our mantra and Spirit led mission goal as we begin our “Journey in January” to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In Jesus Name, Amen.