I have two things to share today from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan! The first is found in Proverbs 12:21:
No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity.
I have always loved this verse! We KNOW that as born again believers we will still face tests, trials, temptation and persecution in this life. The Good News is that God has promised that He will ALWAYS provide a way of escape in all of these (1 Corinthians 10:13)! What I want to emphasize from this verse in Proverbs 12 is that it says that we, the righteous (in right standing with God through the Blood of Jesus) cannot be touched by ACTUAL evil! We can be TEMPTED to accept evil, but if we will stand strong in God's Word, then ACTUAL evil CANNOT touch us! And THIS was an Old Covenant promise!!! OUR Covenant and promises are even BETTER than theirs was (Hebrews 8:6)! EXPECT the escape, rescue, resolution, redemption and even the vengeance of the Lord on our behalf! AMEN! The second thing I want to share is found in Galatians 1:1.
Paul, an apostle—[special messenger appointed and commissioned and sent out] not from [any body of] men nor by or through any man, but by and through Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and God the Father, Who raised Him from among the dead—
Paul says very clearly here that he was an apostle! Not picked by man by the drawing of straws or even by an election. No, Paul says that he was appointed and commissioned by God the Father and by JESUS Himself! What I want to emphasize here is that GOD is in charge of the calling and separation of every born again person into the areas of personal ministry, and sometimes public ministry, that HE has for-ordained for them to walk in! And this means YOU, too! Never allow man to put you in a position that God has not already revealed to you, Spirit to spirit! Follow ALWAYS peace and joy! If you are asked to go somewhere, or do something, speak to your Father and let Him know that you believe you are to do the particular thing. If you immediately are aware of peace and/or joy in the very center of your being, then go ahead and do it with all your heart! If, on the other hand, you do NOT experience peace and/or joy, then make up your mind that you will NOT do this unless and until Holy Spirit directs you to it and then HE will give forth peace and joy! This is a very simple and profound method of determining God's will so that you can go forward in faith! AMEN! In the meantime, stay full of the Word, filled with Holy Spirit, full of faith and full of power! Be ready at a moment's notice for what God has for you, and then, again, do it with your whole heart! THAT is where our Heavenly rewards will come from! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":
Shalom in Him!