Posts Tagged ‘Learning’


Acts 26:24-25, 28-29
At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable… Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

As Paul presented his own defense to King Agrippa, we see once again how Paul continues to speak the truth in gentle love. However, King Agrippa is quick to realize that Paul is not just speaking in his own defense but that he is giving his listeners reason to believe in his God. In his eyes, Agrippa wondered if Paul has lost his mind in his new realization and therefore acted like a driven lunatic in sharing this new found truth. What was the point of all this we might wonder?

When I look back at the many years Paul was on trial, the one trend that is clear is how God used Paul to share the good news with people who otherwise would never care to give a ear to such a message. Paul’s ministry was focussed on serving Christ to the Gentiles in far away lands and the same man was now standing trial before governors, rulers and people in authority in Caesarea who may never have had the opportunity to be transformed by the truth of Jesus. I am reminded again today that we are called to wear Christ on our person every moment because God will use us to shine his light and love to the lost.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Luke 11:5-10
Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

As I continue to read about the life of John (The apostle), I am reminded of the reality that we are going to be fighting our sinful flesh until the end of our human lives although the battles we face are not the ones we faced before. John and his brother were referred to as Sons of Thunder and they were both quick to anger. As I study his character, I can see that this was something he continued to deal with although the issue later in his life was dealing with people who preached false doctrines and gnosticism. What’s the connection to today’s passage you might wonder and I better explain. We in our walk with the Lord are constantly learning. The one thing we cannot ever let creep in is pride in who we are and what we have accomplished. Pride prevents us from learning with an open mind and today’s scripture might be an old and familiar one but we need to read and learn it with baby eyes as with all scripture.

I am between jobs and one of the thoughts I recently had was that I should commit my problems to the Lord and forget about them and he would work them out in his time. However, this morning I am reminded that I need to boldly ask the Lord who owns the cattle on a thousand hills to provide and believe that he will bless us perfectly. This same God is like our own parents who when we ask for help sincerely will drop all they are doing to provide the best they can. I often felt my parents were hard on me and dint give me all that I asked for but when I asked for what was right, they never stopped short. Even today, my Mom gives more than she receives and in comparison to them, imagine God who gives only the best and all we need to do is ask sincerely. Are you in need of God’s blessing in your life? Lets ask God boldly and shamelessly because we are now God’s own children!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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