Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wed., 1/13/16 Devotion (Acts 13:42)

Today's encouragement comes from Acts 13:42, where we read these words:

"So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath."

What an amazing situation: people "begging" to hear the Gospel of grace in the Lord Jesus Christ preached to them—and all that, on the old Sabbath Day. That kind of anointing is not always experienced; and certainly it was the result of a marvelous work of the Holy Spirit, wherein He was drawing Gen-tiles to Jesus, and placing them into the New Covenant church.

Could this kind of blessing happen again? Yes. Truly, our desire as individu-als, family members, a nation, or as residents of earth should be that there would be a great revival of the true religion—through saving faith in Jesus Christ. No political dynamic of any sort will or can accomplish this. Let us ask God to prosper Christ's Gospel, and to increase the numbers of the members of His faithful church.

[Puritan quote of the day: "You cannot gratify Satan more, nor injure your-selves more, than by living without assurance [of God's favor in Christ].”
—Thomas Brooks, in, "Heaven on Earth"]