Gems 2014 — March 28 Scripture Selection: Acts 26

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 28 Scripture Selection: Acts 26

Food for Thought: Acts 26:28-29

What fervor! What urgency to share the Gospel! Paul’s personal situation was not primordial on his mind. He truly had the same desire that the Lord has to rescue from eternal death and bring into eternal life as many as possible, as quickly as possible (2Pet. 3:9). Everything else is secondary.

How is it possible to share the same objectives and desires as the Lord? Well, there are several scriptures that reveal how this can be. First, we have His divine nature within us IF we have received Christ as our Lord and Savior (2 Pet. 1:3, 4) And as such, we have the love of God within us which compels us to act on His behalf (I John 3:16, 17). In addition, the Word says that we have the mind of Christ. (I Cor. 2:16). We can think like He thinks.

If we don’t feel we really measure up to this and desire to do so, the Word even guides us to achieve that in 2 Peter chapter one, verses five through eight. Especially striking in verse eight, it says, “For if these things (those godly characteristics that you add to yourself with all diligence) abound in you, you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (paraphrased).” That is when God’s purpose to save the world becomes ours because we think like He thinks, say what He says, and do what He does.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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4 Responses to Gems 2014 — March 28 Scripture Selection: Acts 26

  1. suyts says:

    Interesting, isn’t it, that when truth is told, the only rebuttals are recriminations, not of the message, but, of the messenger. Festus had nothing to say in return, other than to call Paul crazy. But, at the same time, acknowledging the learned knowledge Paul possessed.

    And, so it is so often with people who preach the Truth. Truth is a hard thing for those who don’t wish to hear it. So much so, today we have people even rejecting the notion of Truth.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    It shows the plans of God starkly. Herod Agrippa and Festus were fairly corrupt, but were honorable enough to admit Paul had no reason to be in the clink. Felix never got his bribe. However politics saw them agree to the Jews request for him to be transferred to Jerusalem…which seemed a reasonable concession on the surface. Festus didn’t know about the planned ambush, but Paul did, so appealing to the Emperor was all he could do. God saw fit that Paul, a Roman citizen, could do that. And He saw fit that Paul should go to Rome and write the epistle to the Romans. Which Luther read…

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