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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Led by the Spirit, #18
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. (Acts 16:9)
So many times evangelism becomes a human effort in which the idea is to get as many people as we can to change to our way of thinking, to join our church. The evangelistic effort often is blind, using every fleshly means to gain proselytes.
In actuality the evangelist is one of the ministries given by the ascended Christ for the purpose of seeking out those whom God has appointed to life.
Notice how specific the Lord was with the Apostle Paul.
And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. (Acts 22:10)
"All things which are appointed for thee to do." Each of us must present our body a living sacrifice so we may perform all things appointed for us to do.
And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. (Acts 22:17,18)
And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. (Acts 22:21)
Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. (Acts 27:24)
The adventure of the life of faith is to look to the Lord each day that we may discover what He has for us that day.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (Acts 10:9-13)
No doubt the vision of the sheet was not something Peter expected to see that day. But Peter was a man of prayer and so he was directed by the Holy Spirit.
While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. (Acts 10:19,20)
The Spirit is desirous to use you and me if we will pray and wait for His guidance. Sometimes we must wait many years. Our task is to pray each day and look to the Lord, meanwhile asking that we might be of use in the Kingdom of God. This is a prayer the Lord will hear and answer.
Our task is to be faithful in doing each day that which God gives us to do. If we will be faithful to the Lord in diligently performing what He has given us to do, never tiring of the Lord's work, the Lord will build His Church on the Rock that He Himself Is.
To be continued.