Acts 28:24 Some Will Believe, Some Will Not

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

News or stories abound everywhere a person goes all over the world. One can hear them in person, on the radio, on the internet, on television, on the phone, in magazines and more.

Some of those stories are true, while others are not. People struggle as to what to believe, because often there are two different stories with exact opposite sides of what is true. This is often complicated even more when how a person is brought up and taught is brought into the equation.

As Paul was a prisoner in Rome, he would proclaim the gospel message to any one he could, trying to persuade them to believe in Jesus. Some were convinced and believed, while others were not.

The world is always striving to get people to believe certain things. Believers sometimes will fall for those beliefs, if they are not keeping strong in God’s word.

At the same time the world is pushing their beliefs, believers are supposed to be doing the work Jesus commanded–to preach the gospel message to all the world. That gospel message is that Jesus died for their sins, that they can repent and be saved.

Every day, every believer has opportunities to tell someone about Jesus. One should do all he can to persuade others to believe, because their eternal life is at stake. While they are working to persuade others to believe, some will believe, while others will not be convinced in any way.

No believer should ever automatically presume that some person will never believe. Nor should he stop telling people about Jesus, because some reject Jesus. Every person on this earth needs to be given a chance to believe in Jesus or to reject Jesus.

God will always open doors for you to be His witness to those around you. Do not be afraid to spread His gospel message. Strive to persuade others to believe in Jesus.

Do not be discouraged and quit when some will refuse to believe. Move on to the next person and tell that person. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more some will choose to follow Jesus as some will also continue to reject Him.

You will never know how many will choose to believe, until you actually go out and give them the chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will not be discouraged when some reject Jesus; that God will open your eyes to the many opportunities to be His witness; and that many will believe in Jesus through your testimony.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know Jesus?

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3

It is very easy for a person to say that they know someone. All over the world there are many people who claim to know some famous person. In reality people know about a person, but often do not really know the person.

Knowing what a person likes or does, it not fully the same as really knowing the person. It is common to only see the surface of the life of a person and completely miss the inner thoughts going on.

John tells the people that they really know Jesus if they keep His commands.

As with knowing someone famous, people all over the world claim to know Jesus. And in the same way, they know about Jesus, but they do not always really know Him in a personal, intimate way.

Many people can talk about the highlights of the life of Jesus, but struggle to talk about what He really taught. In not knowing what He really taught, they are unable to fully obey Him.

Jesus had said that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. Knowing Jesus is knowing God, which in turn is knowing true, perfect love. Once a person knows true, perfect love, they will not want to go back on it and will be willing to obey that true and perfect love. They will be unwilling to harm that perfect love.

Although many people claim to know Jesus and even go to church, they are unwilling to obey His every command. They want to please themselves and others with the temporary pleasures of sin in this world. They refuse to be His witness.

They don’t obey God, thus do not really know Him. The true believer will know Jesus and strive to obey His every command.

You may claim to know Jesus and may live a good life. Ask yourself if you obey all the commands of God. How willing are you to do whatever God asks of you?

This will reveal if you really know Jesus or not. Instead of living for self and this world, strive to live for God. Obey every command that Jesus has given to the best of your ability. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to do what God has commanded.

Ask yourself if you really know Jesus or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will truly love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength; that you will know Jesus and His great love for you; and that you will be used by God to build His kingdom.

James 5:8 Be Patient And Stand Firm

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

Being patient is not something that most people are. Everyone wants things faster and faster, regardless of how fast it already is or how much faster it is now, than it was.

Along with being impatient, many people will not stand firm on anything. They will go with the flow that everyone else is flowing in. They want what everyone else has or wants.

As a result many people complain or grumble about everything not being fast enough. They jump from one thing to another trying to seek something better or faster.

James points to the people directly and tells them to be patient and firm. The reason is because the Lord’s coming is near.

It is very common for a believer to pray about some difficult situation in his life, then to suddenly take things into his own hands and make a mess of it, because God didn’t answer fast enough.

Believers are often just like the world at being impatient with God in situations. They want everything right now and grumble as the Israelites did in the wilderness when they don’t get it fast enough.

The Lord is on His way, both in the return to take every believer to heaven and in answering prayers. He will never do anything early or late, but in His perfect timing.

At the moment a believer is impatient with God and grumbles about it, he shows that he is not trusting God, His promises or timing. Instead of being anxious and complaining about it, the believer must trust in God’s timing and His promises to provide all that one needs.

God is always on His way to meet every need of every believer.

You will always have some struggles in life that you are seeking God’s help in. As you are praying and waiting for God to answer your prayers, do not allow yourself to become impatient and begin grumbling.

Instead of impatience and grumbling, praise God that He heard your prayers. Keep moving forward, knowing that God will answer your prayers in the perfect timing and the perfect way.

In doing this, you will have His supernatural peace over your life and you will see God do great and mighty things in your life until the day that Jesus returns or calls you home in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will know God answers all prayers; that you will have God’s patience; and that you will not grumble against God’s timing.