Suggested Reading: Acts 28
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Key Verse: Acts 28:8
And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.
Throughout the centuries, divine healings have been instrumental in turning people’s attention toward Jesus. Firstly, in today’s reading, God’s physical protection for Paul from an always fatal snake bite, and secondly, the immediate recovery of Publius. We should never hesitate in praying, according to the Scriptures, for people’s healings. Then, share Jesus as Saviour and Lord!
Believers in Jesus came to meet Paul. They may have been secret believers because of persecution. The main Jewish community seemed to know little of Paul’s message. Oral history, after two years in Rome, tells us that Paul went to Spain, and some suggest that he may have gone to Britain. His final arrest back in Rome brought his death under Nero. After Paul’s first visit to Rome, Luke, our historian, disappears from the scene. His work was done and done very well.
Tomorrow, back to Deuteronomy. Let us not give up on this systematic tour of the Scriptures. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, grant that I may bring people to You, regardless of the cost, as Jesus and Paul did. I’m trusting You for the grace necessary to be true to Your calling. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I spent a great deal of time in Spain before and during World Expo ’92 in Seville. Crossroads sponsored a pavilion there where more than 1,000,000 people visited our pavilion, and at least 53,000 made first time decisions to give their lives fully to Jesus. While there I visited places where Paul first preached the Good News of Jesus. Even though the Bible does not share this, you could never tell the Spanish people that Paul was not there. Monuments testify to this fact. We first started with our Expo witnessing because Vancouver business man, Jim Pattison, encouraged us to participate in Expo ’86. He was Chairman and CEO of the Expo. On one occasion he said to me, “I believe the reason I have this job is to help bring the message of the Gospel here.” When Mr. Pattison was a teen, he played his trumpet on the streets of Vancouver, drawing a crowd so that his Dad could preach the Good News of Jesus.
I asked for the picture of the serpent seen above. In our reading, the venom could not destroy Paul. Revelation 12:9 speaks of “that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.” You may want to read that entire section (click here). Satan has been defeated through the Cross of Christ. As Paul did literally, we do spiritually. Shake the serpent off and into the fires of Hell. He cannot hurt those who put their trust in Jesus. Check out again the first verses of today’s reading, and do to the serpent as Paul did.
Yours for effectively winning people to Jesus,