Sunday, May 05, 2013
Bring your Bible. We will study verses only listed for the day.
Day 15: Read Ezekiel 1:28-2:1-10, John 16:7-16, Acts 2:32-33, Acts 7:54-60, Acts 10:19-20, Acts 13:1-4, Acts 16:6, 1 Timothy 4:1-6, Revelation 2:29, Revelation 14:13, Revelation 22:17 Reflection: The Spirit can speak audibly for those who will hear. His voice is distinctive.
Discovery and Response: He gives vision and He gives direction, and He also forbids. Write a prayer of rejoicing that you are able to hear or discern His desire, and that He strengthens you to accomplish it. You may instead add words to a hymn. Or a discovery in the Bible or lesson you had never noted before.
Holy Spirit, I have clearly heard You, once saying to me, "Stand upon thy feet." These feet are not like the Beautiful feet that went upon the mountaintop or in the desert, always proclaiming the Good News, but my spirit was willing. Help me to stand upon my own two feet and continue to go where You direct me.
May You remove the discouragement I have at times at the reception I receive on my journeys. I am fully resolved that it is Your work to reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Make me willing to view these things, keeping my integrity, but walking in the fashion and function that You have called me to operate in. May I be willing to bear the things that You desire to reveal and speak to me. May I be obedient to Your will.
Thank You that in Christ Jesus the Promise is yea and amen. Help me to be like Peter, doubting nothing, when given a vision by You. Help me to remain separated for You, in the world, but not a part of the world. When it is You that forbids, confirm that to me. Make me grasp that there are times we are indeed forbidden to preach or teach or go, but to listen instead. Grant me Your wisdom.
When it is man that forbids, help me to remember we ought to obey God rather than man, for You have foretold the hypocrisy that would overtake some. Help me to hear what You are expressly speaking to the Church and not just to me personally. Help me to continue to write to promote the Good News. May I always thirst for You and drink richly of Christ, the Living Water. Thank You for times of refreshment and all that You are doing in my inner being throughout this journey. Receive all praise and honor and glory for Thou art indeed worthy. Amen