Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 45/260: Read Acts 21

How do you react when you receive bad news about something that is going to happen in your life? Do you start thinking about how you can prevent the bad news from taking place?

A prophecy was given through Agabus that Paul would be bound by the Jews in Jerusalem and delivered to the Gentiles. Immediately, his friends tried to convince him to change his plans; they didn’t want the bad news to come true!

Paul, however, said, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” What faith!

Now, think again about your reaction. There is bad news concerning Jesus: if you faithfully follow Him, you will lose friends. Family members may get mad. You will be mocked and persecuted.

Are you ready for that? Are you willing to endure the hard-ships of the Christian life? Believe God when He tells you that the blessings far outweigh the bad!

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Pray

Pray for a faith like Paul’s, for the boldness to stand for the truth of God’s Word, to claim Christ. Pray for an attitude that recognizes the blessings of being a child of God and thank Him for those blessings!

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