Scripture: Acts 18:10 NASB “Word!”
“ . . . for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:10
This was one of those Scriptures that lifted off the page for me aka a rhema or a personal word from God. I was reading along and wondering if I should be starting a church in the town we had been living in. We were traveling forty-five minutes to an old, historic church we had been called to. Here comes Acts 18: 10 but I still wasn’t sure.
The normal way to know God’s will, the way I teach it, is to consider if circumstances, Scripture, and having a peace from the Holy Spirit all line up (see blog Three Lights Of Guidance). Sometimes, God will impress us with something special like having a Scripture raise itself off the page to get our attention. He does special things in special circumstances.
Our little church start has not really grown to gargantuan proportions so I tend to doubt if I’m really in God’s will. But one wintry, cold night, when I was particularly discouraged, I could hear a knock at the door downstairs. A few minutes later, my wife came up with the gift of a book with a photo-copied page from a daily devotional. The Scripture at the top of the page of the devotional? Acts 18: 10.
Be open to God speaking to you in any way He wants. He usually speaks through circumstances, Scripture, and a peace from the Spirit. Sometimes, He can lift a Scripture off the page. But don’t expect it too often and it will never be anything that contradicts the normal reading of Scripture or breaks your fellowship with God. Or is impossible.
Are you listening for God?
If you are, you will find that you have chosen life (Deut. 30:19)!
Kids today have a peculiar way of saying “Amen.” Sometimes they just make a funny gesture with their fingers and say, “Word!”
Every day we should be living with a sense that we have God’s approval. It’s like He’s flashing us the sign for “Word.” Of course, if you’re living according to His Word and are studying it, you’ll be alright.
Is there anything you are doing that you don’t think conforms to His Word? The Scripture says that anything that we do from doubt is wrong (cf. Rom. 14:23; James 1:5-8).
A pastor friend of mine has a motto: “When in doubt, do without.”
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: That’s Athaliah, Folks!