Acts 8:4 Persecution Can Work For The Good

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts 8:4

When problems arise due to belief or choices made, many will abandon the beliefs. Others will choose to move away. When they move, they will carry with them their traditions and beliefs to wherever they move.

Some will keep those beliefs in the new location. Many will abandon the beliefs, because they do not want the same problems in the new place. They are seeking a new identity, rather than being bold with who they are.

After Stephen was killed, the persecution against the church increased greatly. Many believers moved to new locations to escape the persecution. Wherever they went they continued to spread the gospel message.

Persecution is something Jesus had promised will occur. Very few people look forward toward persecution and try to avoid it. It is often seen as something completely bad.

It is common to hear of believers complaining of persecution for their beliefs. They rise up and fight back, rather than just keep spreading the gospel message.

While it is terrible to go through persecution, it can get people to move to somewhere new. The moving will open new doors to spread the gospel message. Regardless of where a believer lives, there are people who need to hear the message of Jesus. Rather than staying and complaining about the persecution, one can seek to find new people to tell the message to.

God is willing and able to use persecution for His good. If the persecution had not occurred in the New Testament, the message of Jesus would not have spread to the whole world. As believers choose to keep preaching the word of God wherever they go, the church will continue to grow and have an influence in this world.

Everyday you will go to some place that has people who need to hear the gospel message. You may have times where you have to move to a new location for some reason. Regardless of where you are or why you are there, spread the gospel message. Seek to stay true to who you are in Jesus and let others know about Him.

Do not fear persecution and hide and be silent, but allow God to use it to be His witness in this world. Allow God to move you to new places to let new people know about His great love and salvation He will provide.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength in persecution; that you will spread the gospel message wherever you are; and that you will allow God to use you to be His witness.

Luke 8:11 Scatter The Seed

This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11

When a farmer is planting a large field, he will scatter seeds everywhere on that field. The purpose is to get as much seed out so that he can get as many plants as possible, to have the greatest harvest possible.

In the same way, when a person has some great information or something to sell, he will scatter the news out in whatever means possible. He may use social media sources, news resources, ads online and in flyers, billboards, or whatever else it takes to get the information out.

Jesus had given a parable about a farmer scattering seeds. Afterwards He stated that the seeds were the word of God.

While the world is scattering seeds all the time to sell things and lifestyles, the believer must also be scattering some seeds. The seeds that the believer must scatter is God’s word.

The best way to scatter God’s word around is to use it in one’s general talking everyday. Incorporate God’s word in one’s day-to-day conversations.

Too many believers do not use God’s word daily. Often this is because they have not been in it and do not know it. They are also afraid of offending someone.

Using God’s word does not necessarily mean that one has to say ‘Thus saith the Lord in such and such a verse’ every time they speak. It is just incorporating His words, truths and teachings in one’s daily conversations.

As this is done all the time, everywhere, some will accept it and others will reject it. However, the more seed scattered broadly, the greater the chance of more people accepting Jesus as their Savior.

No one can accept Jesus, unless they hear about Him. And they cannot hear, unless someone tells them.

You have some knowledge of God’s word as a believer. Instead of holding it in or just talking about it on Sundays at church, scatter it about everywhere you go.

Take every opportunity you can to use God’s word in your conversations. Do not hold back letting others know what God’s word says about each and every situation met with.

The world desperately need to hear God’s word–the Truth. They need to hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.

Scatter the seed and allow God to do His work in growing that seed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will speak God’s word to all you meet; and that God will use His word through you to build His kingdom.

Luke 2:17 Spread The News

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child, Luke 2:17

Interesting or unusual news is something that can spread very rapidly and most people like to hear about. People like to know what is going on, especially things behind the scenes, the unknown quiet stuff.

One of the things people like to hear about is when someone does something unusual or is just unusual and different. Once they hear something unusual, most people will talk about it to everyone else, spreading the information rapidly. With social media on the internet, it will spread around the world within seconds.

Some shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus by some angels. After going and confirming the news, they went out and told everyone about Jesus.

When a person has great news he wants everyone to know about it. He does not hide it in his heart, keeping it to himself and hidden from everyone. The greater the news, the faster one will desire to spread the news.

In today’s society, negative news is common. It is actually very difficult to find positive, good news about anything. The world thrives on bad news, though most people love to hear about something good.

Every believer has some information or news about Jesus. They have been given a revelation of who He is. They have some experience as to who Jesus is and what He can do. The greatest of this information is that Jesus can save a person.

This news is the greatest news in the history of the world. Every believer needs to be like the shepherds and go out and tell what they know about Jesus.

As the shepherds went out, they did not know much, but told what they did know. Believers need to do the same. The world needs to hear the good news.

You, as a believer, have learned some news about Jesus. It may be a lot, if you have been a believer for a long time, or it may be just a little. Either way, you have some news to tell others.

Do not hold the good news to yourself, but go out and share it as much as possible. Use every method possible to spread what you know and have experienced about Jesus. The world needs to hear about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will be bold in talking about Jesus; and that many will believe the good news about Jesus.