dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 14–Speaking

on July 9, 2012

Again I am struck by the power of the spoken word–the bold proclamation of the gospel.  This chapter says over and over words like, “Spoke, speaking boldly, in a loud voice, crying out, saying…”  These are in reference to healing, preaching, correcting, encouraging and strengthening.  That is the work of all followers of Jesus Christ.  How can I use my words for His glory today?

Although Paul was forced out of Antioch, fled from Iconium and was stoned and left for dead at Lystra; he returned to encourage and strengthen the disciples to remain faithful in tribulation.  He led by example and reminded them of their eternal reward.  How can I speak encouragement to someone who is struggling in tribulation today?

Another way we see Paul using His words is correcting people from worshiping the wrong thing, and pointing them to the one true living God.  He also reminded them that God has revealed Himself all around them through rain, fruit, food, and gladness.  If anyone has ever experienced any of those things–they have experienced the truth and goodness of God.  (BTW-that would be everyone)  How can I use my words to point people to the eternally existing, sustaining, providing God today?

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