Daily Radio Bible Podcast
He is Building Us Up
Leviticus 20-22 and Acts 20. We are reading through the NLT.
Paul is a good pastor. We see his pastor heart here in Acts 20. He’s calling together the elders of this church in Ephesus, that he had spent three years pouring his life, and God’s Word, into. Paul senses something in his spirit and he gathers the elders together to share with them what the Holy Spirit is telling him. The winds are changing. He has suffering ahead, jail to endure. These elders are gathered together with him for the last time. He knows that they, too, are on a journey. The Holy Spirit has been telling Paul about their journey too. He’s letting them know that they too, have hardships coming. There will be a time coming when the church that they love, adore and are working so hard for, will divide. There will be some among them that will distort the Truth. They will make it all about themselves and not about God. Paul sees this. He knows it’s coming. He knows the winds are changing, not just in his life but in the lives of those in this church.
In our journey, the winds change as well. Sometimes there’s a flat calm and sometimes there’s a gale blowing. I don’t know where you’re at right now. Maybe it’s a storm. Maybe you’re wondering whether you’re going to make it. Maybe you feel it in your bones, that there’s more suffering that awaits you, like Paul did. Maybe things are good and you’re in a sweet season in your life. Maybe you’re somewhere in between. I do know this. Whatever season you’re facing or however the seas might appear, there’s something you will need, something we all need. It’s the message Paul was desperate to preach. It’s the last thing Paul wanted to say to them and it’s the first message we need to hear to get ourselves through the storm, to endure suffering patiently, or just to get through this day. That message is this:
“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up
and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself” Act 20:32).
It’s the message of grace! It’s able to build you up! From God’s heart, to Paul’s heart, to yours, it’s a message of GRACE.Grace builds up.That’s the message God has for your soul today. It’s the message Paul spent three years pouring into the people of Ephesus . That’s the message that God is pouring into your life every day. If you’ll receive it. It’s a message of Grace that is able to build you up. Receive that blessing from God today. His Grace is entrusted to you.
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