I hope to encourage you every morning with insights from our reading plan. I pray that this is an encouragement to you. Please let me know what speaks to you today!
Read Acts 24
The Apostle Paul suffered tremendous hardship. As we read in Acts 24, he was brought before Felix to give his defense. In his defense, he gave the similarities of hopes that he and the Jews had in common. That there would be a resurrection of the just and the unjust. He went on to have more significant conversations with Felix about his faith in Jesus Christ. Here we see Paul is put in prison and from prison is where he would write many of his great letters that we still read to this day.
Paul said in his defense that he believed everything in the Law and the prophets. Today there is a trend amongst some Christians that we should throw out the Old Testament and only look to the New. They say that the New Testament is what we need, not the Old Testament laws that are not relevant to us today. I would implore you to not buy into this. It is in the Old Testament that we find the prophecies that speak of the coming Christ. It is the Old Testament that we look to and see the Law that convicts of sin. So from this passage, I have a few thoughts I would like to share with you.
1. Be prepared to share. We are told to be ready to share the hope that you have. Are you prepared to tell your story at any moment? Are you willing to tell others when the opportunity presents itself to tell others of the great hope that you have in Christ?
2. Read the Old Testament. Spend time in the Old Testament. See how they point to the great savior that is Christ. Spend time in falling in love with our good and gracious Lord.
3. Encourage others in the midst of trial. Paul would go on to encourage many believers from behind bars. While he spent his time waiting for his execution, he used it to encourage others. How are you using this time that we are not able to gather in public? Are you encouraging others? How do you love folks?
I want you to know that I miss worshipping with you. I can not wait for the day that we meet again. What a glorious day that will be! We will praise the Lord like never before!