This month I am reading the book of Acts along with Psalms and Leviticus. I really enjoy the book of Acts. It is so exciting to read about how God used normal every day people to get His church started. Reading about the growth (and struggles) of the church inspires me as try to do my best to serve His church today.
What did I read this past week that caused me to worship God more?
"Men of Israel, Listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know - this Man delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power." Acts 2:22-24
There were at least a couple of things here that cause me to stop and worship:
- God knew what would happen to His Son Jesus and yet He sent Him to earth anyway!
-Jesus could not be held in death's power. This is very unique and amazing and completely wonderful!
What scripture touched my heart?
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ - this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." Acts 2:36-39
Isn't that so neat?!? The Holy Spirit has been promised to us and to generations behind us. We simply need to obey and do what God tells us to do.
What can I apply to my life?
"They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way form the presence of the council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." Acts 5:40-42
This reminds me to speak more boldly about Jesus. It also reminds me that no matter what happens in life I can still stand firm on Jesus Christ.
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
This states very boldly that Jesus is the only way to salvation and heaven.
What did you find especially interesting in your Bible reading this week? I would love to hear!