Paul Receives Extraordinary Kindness
DAY 39: SAT 08 APR, 17
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love..” (Ephesians 4:1-2)
Come and Rest in My Presence As you worship, pray for God’s Church to bring God glory by reflecting His likeness and being one in loving kindness.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus - that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7)
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 28:1-15 ESV Audio Bible Follow Paul’s Third Journey from Malta to Rome Map 26
Extract: Acts 28:1-2,7-10,15 TPT
“After we had safely reached land, we discovered that the island we were on was Malta. The people who lived there showed us extraordinary kindness, for they welcomed us around the fire they had built because it was cold and rainy. The Roman governor of the island, named Publius, had his estate nearby. He graciously welcomed us as his houseguests and showed us hospitality for the three days that we stayed with him. His father lay sick in bed, suffering from fits of high fever and dysentery. So Paul went into his room, and after praying, placed his hands on him. He was instantly healed. When the people of the island heard about this miracle, they brought all the sick to Paul, and they were also healed. The islanders honored us greatly, and when we were preparing to set sail again, they gave us all the supplies we needed for our journey. [In Puteoli] we found some believers, who begged us to stay with them for a week. Afterward, we made our way to Rome. When the believers were alerted we were coming, they came out to meet us at the Forum of Appius, while we were still a great distance from Rome. Another group met us at the Three Taverns. When Paul saw the believers, his heart was greatly encouraged and he thanked God.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this?
O: Which part does God move you to obey?
S: Are you overflowing with “extraordinary kindness”? We encourage you to share what you have. You can give faithfully and sustainably because Christ is within you to overflow you.
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Be My Spirit-led Witnesses The very best gift we have to give others is the Presence of the Living God.
We will maintain the joy and power we have received during these 40 days by doing what Jesus said - by continuing to abide in Jesus as the vine. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8) A “fruitful life comes from a living relationship with the living God, the source of all life.” (Turner, p63) “The Spirit bears His fruit in our lives “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Let’s continue to be whole heartedly devoted in our availability to God’s Presence.“…Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.” (Exodus 25:30) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favourite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His Holy Presence.” (Brother Lawrence)
Ask the Holy Spirit who you could surprise with a random act of kindness today. It may be someone He brings to mind. It may be someone you encounter “spontaneously” as you prayer walk or sit intentionally in a public place in your community. It may involve giving to those in need.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: What is Love?
Be My House of Prayer Declare: “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Psalm 63:2-4)
Declare over yourself and those around you: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 2:2-3)
Jesus, we pray to you as the Head of Your church, for our pastors and leaders. Show us ways to honour and encourage them and pour loving kindness on them. Enable us as the church to be hospitable to those who are seeking You and to have the Bread of Your Presence on the table at all times.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and 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.