A TRUE FRIEND
Suggested Reading: 1 Samuel 19
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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 19:4
Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I give my whole life to You for this new day. I’m in Your Word daily. I’m in prayer daily. Please protect me by Your Word, Your Spirit, and by the solid Bible-based teaching of my local church. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve given a great deal of thought to what is called “prophesying” in the New Testament Church. Philip, a deacon of the first church, had four daughters who were “prophetesses” (Acts 21:9). I believe that we need to let the Bible interpret the Bible. Revelation 19:10 tells us that, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” I also believe that these young girls were winning souls to Jesus on the streets of Samaria, where their Dad had a revival (Acts 8). The “Testimony of Jesus” happened on the streets of Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 2. Peter said on that occasion, quoting the prophet Joel, that “Your sons and daughters shall prophesy.” These girls were not foretelling the future. They were not lying naked on the ground like Saul in today’s reading (verse 24). They were telling everyone about Jesus! Witnessing for and about Jesus is the continuing evidence of keeping filled with the Holy Spirit. I don’t think that anyone should claim to be keeping filled with God’s Spirit if they fail to give the “Testimony of Jesus” consistently. Prophecy, one of the gifts of the Spirit, referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:10 and also in 1 Corinthians 14, is for the edification and comfort of believers. I need this gift. Prophesying, as it happened on the birthday of the Church, is something different which continues to happen every time we testify, in order to win a precious never-dying soul to Jesus.
Yours for New Testament prophecy,
P.S. I know I’m going on at length about this, but there was a personal prophecy from a man named Agabus, warning Paul not to go to Jerusalem. Paul got it right when he ignored this warning and went anyway. Of course Paul was arrested and eventually sent to Rome for trial. The point is that Paul was confident of God’s guidance wherever he went. I don’t believe it was God’s will for Paul to be manipulated by Agabus’ prophecy. Again, I urge every blog reader to be most careful and to boldly keep on witnessing for Jesus. Read Acts 21:7-15. Acts 21:14 tells us, “When he [Paul] would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, ‘the will of the Lord be done.’ After those days we packed and went to Jerusalem.” This was God’s way of eventually getting Paul to Rome.