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The Lord Was Adding to Their Number

August 31, 2015

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The Lord  Was Adding  to Their Number

Quite often  Christians feel  like their attempts  to witness  to others  about Christ  are dismal failures.     There are many pastors  who feel unsuccessful  in their tiny congregations.     Christians are not  to be discouraged  by their smallness.     As we read through God’s word,  God is always working  with very small things.

Israel is a small nation  —  but through Israel,  God brought us  the Savior,  and His word  has spread  throughout the world.     God’s work  through small Israel  has grown large.    Jesus taught  in Luke 13:18-19,

What is the kingdom  of God like,  and to what shall I compare it?     It is like a mustard seed,  which a man took  and threw  into his own garden;  and it grew  and became a tree,  and the birds  of the air nested  in its branches.

God spreads  His word  through His people,  and we are not  to worry  about how He is working.     We only need  to remain faithful  to the truths  of our Lord and Savior,  and He will take care  of the rest.     That truth  is expressed  in Isaiah 55:11,

So will  My word be  which goes forth  from My mouth;
It will not return  to Me  empty,
Without accomplishing  what I desire,
And without succeeding  in the matter  for which I sent it.

God sends out His word  through us  and He accomplishes  what He desires  with it.     God makes it succeed  —  not people.     We are simply  the means  God uses  to accomplish His work.     After Christ’s resurrection,  as the disciples preached,  Acts 2:47 tells us,

The Lord  was adding  to their number day  by day  those  who were being saved.

All our witnessing  is “the Lord”  at work  in us  and in those we witness to.     We are not to look for greatness  —  just for a faithful,  loving service  to our Creator Redeemer.     Let us not complain  about how the Lord works.     He knows  what He is doing,  so we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for planting  Your word  in us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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