Bible In One Year-Day 316 (Wednesday, November 12, 2014)
Commentary: Acts21-24. There is only one true source of information in matters pertaining to life and that is Jesus. In His walk on this earth, He made us know that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. These are the three cogent essentials of life. Without the Way there is no going, without the Truth, there is no knowing and without the Life, there is no living (usually song as a chorus).
John 14:6 “Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”
As a man grows into maturity, he needs to know his way, not only through this world but into eternity; God the Father being the destination. He needs to know the truth about the world, his destiny and where he is going. And finally, he needs life to glorify God in difficult times through this world. We know that the world is crooked and rough. There is not any rest in this particular world because of satanic activities; stealing, killing and destruction. For this reason, we need the life that kills the death of this world. All these essentials are packaged in Jesus. Not until one finds Jesus and believes in Him, these essentials are not there for such; money, fame and comfort of this world cannot give these things. As far as this world is concerned, it has not any peace to offer anyone but tribulations as Jesus says.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
The conscious saints will have this truth in them and move ahead in their callings. The path to eternal is in the tribulations of this world; therefore, we need to endure as Christ endured the cross.
Acts 14:22 “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Faith is the only wagon available to ply the paths of tribulations of this world to eternal life.
Since Jesus came as a package of the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, accepting His other side is having these essentials in us. His Spirit carries us as the Lord directs. He leads us into all truth and He is the life in us that kills death to the glory of God the Father.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you (factor of the Way) into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak (factor of the Truth): and he will show you things to come (factor of life).”
Just as Jesus did in His walk on earth, He is still doing greater things as His other side through us.
The disciples, including Paul, were in all wise led by the Spirit of Christ.
Acts 21:4 “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.”
And for as long as they have this Spirit, tribulations were things of joy to them. They knew that for as long as they have the Spirit of life in them, they are in perfect contact with God’s love. Therefore, tribulations were no threat to their ministry but a buttress.
Romans 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
While the disciples were in the boat and great storm arose against their peace and comfort, Jesus walked on the Sea to comfot them. The other side of Jesus is still the Comfort in tribulations.
2 Corinthians 1:4 “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Paul knew that the life in him could not be killed and therefore was always ready to pursue the will of God with it; he never compromised. Agabus, the prophet, spoke by the Holy Spirit that if Paul ever entered Jerusalem, a very great tribulation will befall him, Acts21:10-14. The people who heard him tried to persuade Paul out of going to Jerusalem. But Paul recognized the will of God in that prophecy and therefore refused to be persuaded. This was another tribulation in which the Life in him was enough as grace to glorify God. Whatever the Spirit of God says is the absolute truth.
Acts 21:14 “And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.”
Paul refused to be carried away with the comfort of this world. He embraced the grace in the Spirit of life to ensure the will of God in this troubled world. Many men of God and Christians in general had lost the grace through the comfort of this world. Satan is working very hard to release worldly splendors just to steal, kill and destroy anointing of Christians. Many pulpits have lost the flame and the focus of the kingdom of God’s dear Son. In this wise, the glory of the other side of Jesus has departed unaware. We need to know when to leave our comfort zone for the will of God. The will of God is not in the comfort zone, just as Jesus did not fulfill the prophecy of His death in any comfort zone but on the cross at Calvary. There was shedding of the blood and water, feeding with vinegar and forsaken by the Father. Though He bargained with God for another path, there was not any other to get this glory but the cross.
In view of this, beloved, the Spirit of life in you is the abounding grace and it is to help you give God the glory through tribulations and in comfort. Your song should be sweeter and full of hope when things are harder more that when they are so smooth. Your situation should not dictate your fervency in praising and working for God; the life in you must give the order.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Acts25-28. Keep the fire of prayer burning and alive on the altar of love.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries