But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–Acts 26:22
Paul had been put in captivity for preaching the gospel message. While there he appealed to Caesar, rather than be judged in a lower court. He stood before King Agrippa and stated that he said nothing beyond what has already been said by the prophets and Moses, so was therefore innocent.
When a person is trying to convince someone of something, he will often present every piece of information he can. In the process, many people will add information that is not true to build the case. They use extra words in order to convince others that they are correct.
If the person that is trying to be convinced is not paying attention, he will be convinced. However, many will pay attention and realize the false statements being made or notice when things do not line up correctly in the statements.
There are believers who strive very hard to convince people to believe in Jesus or to follow a principle of the bible. In the process, there are times they use arguments that are not from the Bible and are not truth. Some believe in Christian slogans, that cannot be found in the Bible.
It has been seen many times on television, speakers who claim that a person will be blessed if they purchase a certain item from the ministry. Or if they give a certain amount of money to the ministry, there will be a sudden amount of money given back to them.
These are extra words that God never directly stated in the Bible. In the process of proclaiming God’s word, a person must be careful to keep his words true to God’s word. The gospel message is very simple and is what the entire Old Testament points to.
As you speak to people about God or Jesus, make sure that the words you use are what God’s word says. Do not try to add anything extra. When you speak extra words, you take a chance of going off track from God’s word. Allow God’s word to be active and alive in the lives and hearts of others. You cannot give more than what God has already given. Stay true to God’s word.
I pray today that you will know what the Bible says; that you will speak the true gospel message to people; that God will give you the words to say; and that many will know Jesus through the message you speak.
“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.” John 8:37
Jesus had just finished telling the people that anyone who sins is a slave to sin. It is only through the Son that a person is set free. Now He tells them that they are out to kill Him, because they have no room for His word.
Not every person likes to hear the truth. When the truth is spoken, there are times that it cuts to the heart of a person and reveals things that are not wanting to be exposed.
When someone is speaking the truth, others try to divert the person by bringing up another subject. They do not want to hear the truth or allow others to hear the truth. Often they try to bring up something from the speaker’s past, or bring up some other subject to get away from the real truth.
At the time Jesus spoke, the Pharisees and other leaders did not want to hear what He had to say. They tried to make Him out to be the bad person and needed to be killed. They did not have any room for His word in their lives, because it was painful and condemning.
Any believer who really wants to serve God, will be willing to hear what God has to say. He will know that God is only speaking the truth.
Some in the church will not read the bible, or portions of the bible, because they see portions speak out against their lifestyle. They do not feel comfortable.
Others will refuse to go to a church, or get mad at a pastor for speaking a sermon that cuts to the heart. They feel as though they are being condemned.
It is not condemnation, but it is conviction of the Holy Spirit against sin in the life.
Every day you must be willing to take time to hear what God is saying. He will speak through the bible, by His Holy Spirit and through others. God only has your best interest in mind. He does not want you to be a slave to sin, but be free to love God and love others.
As you go through your day, make room in your life for God’s word to make the needed changes. Don’t shut God out.
I pray today that you will read and listen to God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; that you will allow God’s word to change you; and that you will live for God.
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. Luke 22:18
The day for the Passover was approaching. Jesus wanted to celebrate the Passover with the disciples in town. He gave some of the disciples detailed instructions on how to prepare for it. They were to walk up to someone and tell the person that the Teacher needed a guest room and it would be given to them. They went into town and found it just like Jesus told them it would be.
People are often given directions every day. They are told how to do certain things to get a job done correctly. When people are giving directions about things, it is common that the thing will be just as it was told. Giving directions about a thing and how to repair it or to operate it is an easy thing to do. Often that object is just as it was told about.
Dealing with people can be different. People are told to meet with someone at a certain place. Sometimes that person is there, while other times that person is not there. It becomes a little more difficult to follow.
As with the case with Jesus and the disciples, they had to go up to a stranger and make a strange request. And it happened just as Jesus said it would happen.
There will be times in every believers life that God will give directions that don’t always make sense. It will be difficult to believe that the situation will be just as God said it would. However, just as the disciples found out that Jesus was right, you can find out His word is true also.
God has said that He would never leave or forsake you. Jesus has said He has given you all authority and power needed. God has said that He will provide for all of your needs.
Go forward and trust His word. You will find out that everything will be just as Jesus has told you. In the end you will step into heaven and also find out it is everything Jesus said it would be and more.
If Jesus can coordinate the celebration of the Passover as He did with His disciples, He can coordinate your life. Step forward and trust His word. You will find out it is just as He said.
I pray today that you will hear God’s guidance for your life; that you will trust God’s word; that you will see things just as God said it would be; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.