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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…Great persecution broke out…and all…were scattered…’ Acts 8:1 NIV

Jesus never intended for His disciples to get comfortable in Jerusalem and stay there. He told them, ‘…Forgiveness of sins will be preached in [My] name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ (Luke 24:47 NIV) They were only supposed to remain in Jerusalem long enough to be infused with power, then take the Gospel to the world. But they ‘…returned to Jerusalem…and…stayed continually at the temple, praising God.’ (Luke 24:5253 NIV) Now it’s ok to wait on God for directions and the power to carry them out, but not to keep repeating some earlier experience you’ve had. Jesus said, ‘You will receive power…and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8 NIV) So how did God get them out of their comfort zone? By lighting a fire under them! ‘…Great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and…those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went.’ (Acts 8:14 NIV) We all believe the Gospel must be preached to every nation, but few of us want to leave home and take it to them. We’re willing to pray, and even pay, as long as we get to stay. But when God has a mission for you, He will do whatever it takes to get you moving. Before He will let you miss out on your destiny, He will permit trouble to uproot you. You can’t freezeframe the past or relive it. And you can’t keep God’s blessing to yourself. When God lights a fire under you, He’s saying; ‘It’s time for you to move!’

SoulFood: Heb 5-8, Matt 15:1-14, Ps 149, Pr 4:25-27

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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