Acts 26:22 Just Say What Scripture Says

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

When people talk about some great event or situation that occurred, they like to add their own little twists to the story. They want to put in their own interpretation of what had happened.

As this is done, it is common that the truth about what occurred is changed. Details are often overlooked and the truth is ignored or missed.

Paul was being tried for his preaching. As he stood in court to make his defense, he told them that he has said nothing than that what was already said in the past by the prophets and the known Scripture at the time.

Today believers have all of the Old and New Testament to know what God has to say. It shows the leading up o and after Jesus arrived to provide salvation for all people. God wants people to be informed of His message to all people.

Some, however, want to add to the scriptures. They try to say things that are not found in the Bible and make it as though it is God’s word. Or they take and change what the Bible is really saying to make it say what they want to hear.

When people talk more than what Scripture says, they often promote or allow for sin and deviation from God’s word. The message of salvation is watered down and often made contradictory to what God said.

Every believer is to spread the gospel message, just as God has laid it out. They are not to add or take away from the message. As with the old court saying, they are to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Going through your days God will open doors for you to spread the gospel message to others. You have a choice as to what you will speak. You can either speak the truth according to God’s word, or you can speak your own version of the truth.

Do not allow yourself to deviate away from what God has already said. You may talk of your experience, but keep it in line with what God’s word teaches and says.

Be willing to testify before all people what God has to tell them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God says in His word; that you will speak the words of God to those you meet; and that God will open doors for you to be His witness to others about the salvation Jesus brings.

Acts 14:3 Speak Boldly

So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. Acts 14:3

When someone believes in something strongly enough, he will tell others all about it. Knowing that he knows what he knows will give him the boldness to speak about his views.

Every person has his own personal views on most things. On some things, it may be a very strong belief, while on others it is a loosely held belief. On the strong beliefs, he will be bold in presenting it to others as opportunities open up. Great salesmen are known for doing this.

Paul and Barnabas spent some time in Iconium. They boldly kept talking about Jesus. As they did this, God made it possible for them to do many miracles.

Every believer has a belief in God who saves the soul and does great miracles. Even though they believe in a great God, most are unwilling to talk boldly about God. They are afraid of offending someone or have fallen for the lie that it is a deeply personal thing to believe in Jesus and not to be pushed on anyone else.

God has called every believer to be His witness. They are to be His salesmen giving away the greatest news of salvation. As a believer is bold in speaking God’s word to the people, God will show up with many signs and wonders, saving people.

Boldness means one will speak up, not being worried about what others may think, say or do. The world is bold in promoting their views with no fear or shame and they are doing it for things that ultimately bring about death.

The message of believers brings eternal life.

As a believer, you have the message of eternal life. God is on your side and will show up when you lift Him up before the world. Be willing to tell the world what you about and have experienced with God. Do not fear what the world may think, say or do, but allow God to do a great miracle in their lives.

Unless you speak boldly, they cannot hear and God cannot work in their lives. As you go out today, ask God to show you who you can talk to and to give you the words to speak. Then ask God to show up with signs and wonders.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will speak God’s word boldly; that you will not fear talking about Jesus; and that God will use you to reach the world for Jesus.

Matthew 10:22 Stand Firm

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

Very few people like to be hated, most people like to be liked. They want people to like them and will do just about anything to gain their favor and liking.

Watching posts on social media platforms, people get excited when the number of likes climbs higher and higher. It gives the impression that people really do like them. Yet, not everyone will like everyone. Some will hate others, regardless of what they do or don’t do.

As Jesus is sending the disciples out to be His witness, He tells them that they will be hated. Even though they are hated, they must stand firm in what they believe and are doing.

Even though nearly two thousand years have passed, people still hate true active believers. They hate because the message being proclaimed is offensive to the world. It tells the world there is a high standard to live by, that there is only one way to eternal life, that there is only one God, and that living in sin brings about death. People do not like to hear this.

Sadly, over the years, many believers and churches have changed the message to try and get people to like them. Often it is no longer about repentance, but feeling and looking good. This is not standing firm in what one believes and has been taught in God’s word.

Every believer needs to preach or speak the message Jesus taught. That message is that people need to repent of sins, change, and believe in and follow Jesus. When this is done, people will hate them, but it is what God desires. This is God’s will for every believer.

As a believer in and a follower of Jesus, you have the responsibility to share His message with this fallen world. Some will believe and follow Jesus, while many will hate you for it. Do not be surprised or hurt when they hate you, because they did the same to Jesus.

Do not give in to this world, but keep giving the message. Stand firm on the truth in God’s world and continue to live for God in His ways. As you stand firm, you will be saved in the end. With God you will win the battle.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be God’s true witness; that you will not fear the hatred of this world; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will remain firm in God’s truth.

Jeremiah 26:14 Not Fighting Back

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As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. Jeremiah 26:14 

Having personal rights is a demand most people in America make and many people around the world desire have those rights. People want to be able to have their own freedom to make their own choices without any consequences.

Giving up those rights is not easy for most people to do. They will fight back anyone who fights against their rights or attempts to take them away. Most will just fight back with words, while some will physically try to fight back. Many court cases are all about the loss of some right or freedom.

Jeremiah had a harsh word from God to the people. As he gave the message, the people were very angry with him. Many wanted to kill him. Jeremiah stated that he was in their hands and that they could do with him whatever they felt was best to be done.

Jeremiah had given up any of his rights as a citizen when he spoke before the leaders of Israel. He put himself in God’s hands.

Very often believers will physically or verbally fight for their rights to say or do something. They will get angry with those who fight back or persecute them, rather than just trusting God through the situation and allowing God to get His own vengeance.

Jesus never fought back or talked back to those who came against Him, with the exception of the Pharisees, who were supposed to be the God fearing leaders. He allowed the people to do what they thought was right, even up to the point of the crucifixion.

Today believers still have a message that many will hate to hear. Some will persecute believers because of the message. Instead of fighting back, believers must allow God to be in control and trust Him through whatever happens. All that needs to be done is loving the enemy and sharing God’s message of love.

You will have days when you need to be a witness of Jesus to this world and the world will not like your message. There may come persecution, maybe with just words or physically. Either way it comes you have a choice as to how you react to it.

Put on the character of Jesus and Jeremiah and do not fight back. Keep showing God’s love and trust God to get you through the situation. God is watching and will take vengeance as needed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fear of this world from your heart; that you will speak God’s message boldly; and that God will give you favor with those you speak to.