March 20, 2019
Every day we encounter different people and are faced with different circumstances. More than we know, many times we are wrestling “not against flesh and blood” but against evil powers. And also, we encounter people—all of whom need a word from God. Some will receive God’s Word graciously, but the very same people may turn in response to His reproof and want to kill the messenger.
Luke records, in very deliberate manner, a running overview of Christ's daily encounters in order to help us see this clearly and navigate each day spiritually.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. (Lk. 4:1-2)
He had a full, head-on temptation encounter with Satan Himself. We encounter such entities more than we realize. If you don’t believe this, read Ephesians 6.
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. (vs. 14-15)
And notice their response, in a matter of hours/days.
(vs. 22) And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips
(vs. 28-30) And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, He went His way.
And how did Jesus, day-by-day respond to all of these things?
In the fullness of the Spirit He ...
Nothing need concern us, except to be full of God. If that is so, we will walk rightly through every day. The cumulative effect of such a Spirit-filled life will be a powerfully effective, redeeming life, just like Jesus.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?