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I Commend You to God

May 5, 2018

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I Commend You to God

The book of Acts tells a lot  about Paul’s preaching adventures  after his conversion.     Because he was such a strong preacher,  he faced much opposition  from the Jews  and from the Roman government.      In spite of the fact  that they hounded him,  imprisoned him,  beat and tortured him,  Paul refused  to stop preaching the truths  of God’s salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.     All during his preaching career,  Paul was very poignantly mindful  of what God had told Ananias  about him  in a vision  in Acts 9:15-16.     God had said  to Ananias,

Go,  for he [Paul]  is a chosen instrument  of Mine,  to bear My name  before the Gentiles  and kings  and the sons of Israel;  for I will show him  how much he must suffer  for My name’s sake.

Paul surely suffered for years.     Now,  near the end of his preaching career,  Paul spoke to the Ephesians  and gave them  a farewell speech  because he realized  he would not be able  to see them again.     Since his life was about over,  he would not be able  to teach God’s word  much longer.     In that speech,  Paul says  in Acts 20:32,

And now I commend you  to God  and  to the word  of His grace,  which is able  to build you up  and  to give you the inheritance  among all those  who are sanctified.

Because Paul’s preaching days  were nearing their end,  there was nothing more he could do  for the Ephesians  to help bring them  to salvation  in Christ.     This was it.     Everything from here on was  in God’s hands.     Paul was ready  to meet his end  at the hands  of the Jews  and Romans.     So,  Paul let the Ephesians know  that from here on  they needed  to let God work  in their hearts  —  just like we do.

The Ephesians had the written  “word of His grace”.    In other words  they had all  of the Old Testament  and everything that had been written by inspiration  in the New Testament  up to that point  in time.     Paul was telling the Ephesians  that they needed  to turn to God’s word  of grace  for the strength they would need  to live  for the Lord.

There were two things Paul noted  about this “word of His grace”.    First,  Paul said  that it is this word of God  that is “able  to build you up”.     It is only the word of God  that can make us strong  in the truth.     Mankind can flap their lips  all they want,  but only the actual word of God  can reach our hearts  with God’s truths.     That is why  it is vital  to study God’s word  every day.     Without going straight to God  every day,  our faith will get weak  and die.

Amongst all the preachers  of this world,  there are many false preachers.     So,  it behooves us  to go straight  to the Bible  every day  so that we can grow  in the true  faith  every day.     We cannot eat all  of the food  we will need  for our life time  in one sitting.     Likewise,  we cannot expect  to read and understand  the Bible  all in one sitting.     But,  we do need  to eat every day  and we do need  to study God’s word  every day.

Paul’s second note  about this written “word of His grace”,   is that it is able  to “give you  the inheritance among all those  who are sanctified”.     The “inheritance” is our eternal home  in heaven  and only those  who are sanctified get  to inherit heaven  for all eternity.    Studying God’s word of grace  opens our eyes,  ears  and heart  to realize the difference  between the lies  of this world  and the truths  of God.     If we don’t let God’s word  into our hearts,  there is no way  we can get strong  in the truth.

If we refuse  to study God’s word,  we’re no different  than a trial jury  that refuses  to listen  to the evidence presented.     Sure,  we’ll come to a decision,  but it won’t be right  or fair  or intelligent.     Plus,  every earthly juror  will have to ultimately meet  the Judge  of all creation  and explain his/her decision  based on refusing  to look  at the evidence.

And so,  we are all commended  to God  and the word  of His grace.     No more can be done  for any  of us.     It is now  up to us  to study  what has been presented.     It is up to us  to allow God  to speak  to our hearts  as we read His word.     After all,  we are studying  God Himself.

How do we “judge” God  to be?     How do we want God  to judge us?

As we allow God Almighty  to teach us  His word,  straight from His mouth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord!     This is truth!     Thank You  for bringing Your truth  to me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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