Paul Preaches Jesus at Roman Garrison
DAY 32: SAT 01 APR, 17
“Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you…” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
Come and Rest in My Presence Declare “My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.” (Psalm 108:1)
“Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business, and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you: leave Him not alone. Do not forget Him, adore Him continually.” (Brother Lawrence, c.1614–1691)
Receive My PowerReading: Hear all Paul’s extraordinary testimony: Acts 21:40, 22:1-17 ESV Audio Bible
Acts 21:40, 2:1-17 TPT
“When the crowd quieted down, Paul addressed them in Aramaic and said…
‘Ladies and gentlemen, fellow believers and elders—please listen to me as I offer my defence.” (Now, when everyone realized he was speaking to them in their Judean Aramaic language, the crowd became all the more attentive.) Then Paul said, “I am a Jewish man who was born in Tarsus, a city of Turkey. However, I grew up in this city and was properly trained in the Mosaic law and tutored by Rabbi Gamaliel according to our ancestral customs. I’ve been extremely passionate in my desire to please God, just as all of you are today. I’ve hunted down and killed the followers of this Way. I have seized them and thrown them into prison, both men and women. All of this can be verified by the high priest and the Supreme Council of Elders. For they even wrote letters to our fellow Jews of Damascus, authorizing me to arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished.
As I was on the road approaching Damascus, about noon, a brilliant heavenly light suddenly appeared, flashing all around me. As I fell to the ground I heard a voice say, “Saul, Saul … why are you persecuting me?” I answered, “Who are you, my Lord?” He said to me, “I am Jesus, the Victorious. I am the one you are persecuting.” Those who were with me saw the brilliant light, but they didn’t hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. So I asked, “Lord, what am I to do?” And the Lord said to me, “Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about all that you are destined to do.” Because of the dazzling glory of the light, I couldn’t see—I was left blind. So they had to lead me by the hand the rest of the way into Damascus. A Jewish man living there named Ananias came to see me. He was a godly man who lived according to the law of Moses and was highly esteemed by the Jewish community. He stood beside me and said, “Saul! My brother, Saul — open your eyes and see again!” At that very instant I opened my eyes and I could see! Then he said to me, “The God of our ancestors has destined you to know his plan and for you to see the Holy One and to hear his voice. For you will be his witness to every race of people and will share with them everything that you’ve seen and heard. So now, what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins as you call upon his name.’”
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What kind of information does Paul include in his testimony?
O: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you write and share your testimony effectively.
“You can never separate our Kingdom assignment or heavenly call (what we are called to do) from our Kingdom Identity (who we are) as sons and daughters of God. As we go deeper in intimacy, we discover who we are in Him and what He has called us to do and to be.”
“As we soak* deeper, we experience the depths of His glory – His love, His goodness and His power. This brings us to a deep knowledge and intimacy with God. In that place we are transformed into His likeness and transformed lives have the power to transform other lives.” (Hetland, p69, Introduction) *rest expectantly in whole hearted submission
S: Do you know a God Story you can share with us? We are looking for people who have testimonies of salvations, healings and breakthrough that we can share to inspire the body of Christ. We'd love to hear what God has done in you, in your group, church or region during the 40 Days Relay! We will share some testimonies publicly.
See tips on how to share a God Story. Email your brief story (250 words maximum) and a photo or post on Facebook.
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Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: A Different Love Story
Be My House of Prayer Father, we worship you as our Beloved Father. What joy it is to be your children! Reveal to us who we are in You so we can reveal who You are in us. We honour our father and mothers that our lives may be long in the land You are giving us. (Exodus 20:12)
Lord, we thank you for Paul's example in his confession before the authorities, leaders and people of Jerusalem. We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will bring our nation to conviction and repentance. We pray that our governmental and church leaders will lead us in acknowledging what we have done wrong. We pray they will see the Holy One and hear his voice so they can lead us in the plan God has destined for our nation becoming a witness to every race of people, we pray, as Jesus has commanded us.
We have studied Paul's example in preaching Jesus at the Roman Garrison in Jerusalem on Australia's National Day of Prayer for Defence! Lord, we pray with the Military Christian Fellowship, the Defence Forces and our fellow citizens to uphold the men and women who serve and those who have returned from service with physical and emotional injury. We pray for the families who sacrifice and have been impacted by loss. Father, we pray for our political and Defense Force leaders - that our senior policy and decision-makers bring a selfless approach to their responsibilities. May integrity and purity reign in Defence Force culture and training settings. Jesus, we pray your shield upon the 2352 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to 10 operations, overseas and within Australia to protect Australia and its national interests. We pray powerful spiritual influence through the Defence Christian military ministries leadership, chaplains, and Faith Under Fire Course. May each person hear the tender invitations, power and comfort of the Holy Spirit. (See prayer points and gatherings at www.mcf-a.org.au.)
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list, family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation in our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.