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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2019

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1 year 2 months ago #8680 by Goodness Kap
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2019

TOPIC: SHAMED, BUT NOT ASHAMED

*Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8*

*MEMORISE*
*Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods (Acts. 16:22)*

*EXPOSITION*
Today is when the victims of enforced disappearances, are being remembered. Let us learn from how some ministers of the gospel were tried to be muzzled in the Bible, and their responses.
Many youths give the reason for not participating in street, or bus evangelism as being shy, but the Master warns otherwise (Mk. 8:38). Our forebears in faith suffered many things for the gospel’s sake, but stood for the gospel with their flesh and blood. They saw the gospel as a must, in spite of the serious intimidation and harassment. Though maltreated, opposed, looked down upon, oppressed, hungered, with much hazards, they went on to please their Lord, delivered the people from darkness, sickness and death, knowing full well that their rewards lie not with the people but with God. Peter and John could not be hindered by the high priests. They bid them not to speak again in Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18). Instead of remaining silent and be freed, they preferred to be flogged, and were even happy suffering for Christ (Acts 4:19-20; 5:41; Rom. 5:3-5). Are you not also saying, “A whole me?” The empty barrel makes the loudest noise.
Let us bury our pride, consider less of the people’s behavior to us, and think more of God and His work. As a pastor, elder, deacon, youth, leader in your church, do you see yourself as servants, rather than their lords? Paul suffered most, among the apostles of Jesus and did greater work (2 Cor. 11:23-28). Why? He despised the shame and pressed towards the utmost height, where his rewards are (Phil. 3:8-10). Allow your affections to be on things above and not on worldly, perishable things. If you are shamed, do not be ashamed to work with, and for God.

*PRAYER POINTS*
1. Lord, I vow never to be ashamed to preach the gospel.
2. Oh Lord, help me to see You and Your work above my person and status.
3. Father, let the spirit of evangelism enter into our leaders, some of whom are busy amassing wealth at the expense of the spread of the gospel.

*EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 89:7 - 90:17; 1Corinthians 4:14 - 6:1*

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