Paul Preaches Jesus in Rome: Fulfilling His Destiny
DAY 40: SUN 09 APR, 17
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Come and Rest in My Presence At the end of 40 Days in which you have sacrificed deeply to invest time in His Presence, pour your wholehearted loved on God. Tell Him what His love means to you. “In the way of God, thoughts count for little, love is everything.” “Count as lost each day you have not used in loving God." (Brother Lawrence, 1619-1691) Will your devotion to intimate encounter with God's Presence continue beyond these 40 Days?
You can bring our Father glory by equipping this generation, and the next, to carry His Presence! Continue to pray for them, bless them, encourage and release them.
Receive My PowerReading: the final fulfilment in this dramatic book! Acts 28:16-31 ESV Audio Bible
Paul had longed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in Rome. (Romans 1:7-15)
Extract: Acts 28:16-17,21-31 TPT
“When we finally entered Rome, Paul was turned over to the authorities and was allowed to live where he pleased, with one soldier assigned to guard him.
After three days Paul called together all the prominent members of the Jewish community of Rome. They replied… ‘we are anxious to hear you present your views regarding this Christian sect we’ve been hearing about, for people everywhere are speaking against it.’ So they set a time to meet with Paul. On that day an even greater crowd gathered where he was staying. From morning until evening Paul taught them, opening up the truths of the kingdom realm of God. With convincing arguments from both the Law and the Prophets, he tried to persuade them about Jesus. Some were converted, but others refused to believe. They argued back and forth, still unable to agree among themselves. They were about to leave when Paul made one last statement to them: ‘The Holy Spirit stated it well when he spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah: I send you to this people to say to them, “You will keep learning, but not understanding. You will keep staring at truth but not perceiving it. For your hearts are hard and insensitive to me—you must be hard of hearing! For you’ve closed your eyes so that you won’t be troubled by the truth, and you’ve covered your ears so that you won’t have to listen and be pierced by what I say. For then you would have to respond and repent, so that I could heal your hearts.” So listen well. This wonderful salvation given by God is now being presented to the non-Jewish nations, and they will believe and receive it!’ Paul lived two more years in Rome, in his own rented quarters, welcoming all who came to visit. He continued to proclaim to all the truths of the kingdom realm of God, teaching them about the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, speaking triumphantly and without any restriction.”
Notes from The Passion Translation: This completes the Acts of the Holy Spirit as recorded by Luke. The inspired account ends with Paul ministering to all who came to him. Tradition says that Paul was eventually released from house arrest and travelled to Spain. The acts of God continue to be accomplished through his apostolic company of surrendered lovers. Every believer has the same Holy Spirit and can do the works of Jesus on the earth today.
Be My Spirit-led WitnessesListen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What has God among you during these 40 Days? Has God has answered your prayers and even exceeded your expectations? See the God Stories shared by others. We will be adding to this section in the days to come. Let’s give Him all the glory and our thanksgiving! You are welcome to email your God Story (250 words maximum) and a photo or post your Story on Facebook. Email us if you have a question or video testimony to upload.
O: Do you have a clear understanding of Jesus’ call on you as His messenger?
S: Would you like to stay in touch beyond these 40 Days? The Pray for Australia website will continue to provide a map and calendar of ongoing prayer groups. It would be helpful if you could update information on your prayer gatherings and continue to enter new prayer groups. You may like to check now and then to see the new prayer gatherings in your local area so you can join them or connect to encourage each other.
You may also like to join Partners in Prayer & Evangelism. See recent articles at: www.PartnersinPrayer.org.au
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: The Story
Be My House of PrayerIn Jesus’ name, we declare the blood of Christ sealing all He has been done through these 40 Days. May we all continue to grow in Christ and bring You glory!
I declare: “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” (2 Timothy 1:12-14)
Let's declare: “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious Presence with out fault and with great joy — to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 24-25)
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
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.