Topic: God of Wonders
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that you order my steps today through your word as I meditate on it.
Scripture: Acts 5:12─21a
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Observe how Christ’s miraculous healing ministry continued through the apostles (vv.12,15–16 cf. Matthew 14:35–36). With one accord, and in obedience, they preached the gospel and where there is unity, God commands his blessings. God is indeed a God of miracles and if we come to him in faith, we also can live a life of miracles. As the church grew (v.14), notice how opposition increased from Jewish leaders (vv.17–18).
The proclamation of Jesus is inevitably linked to persecution in some form. The growing number of persecuted Christians around the world testifies to this. Despite hardships and trials, the children of God are assured of the Lord’s presence by their side and of his care (v.19).
How does this encourage us to share the gospel boldly? Notice that the apostles are freed from prison for a purpose (v.20). They faithfully obeyed God’s instructions as soon as the day dawned (v.21a). What remarkable boldness! How do we compare to these devoted servants of God?
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• So what? What lessons about how to respond to God’s Word can we learn from the apostles (vv.20–21)?
• Thank you, Lord, for your constant intervention in our lives.
• Praise God for who He is ─ the King of kings, Almighty, Holy and Righteous, all Powerful, Unchangeable, Kind and Merciful beyond measure, beautiful for every situation.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with 2 Corinthians 12:9
Read the Bible in one Year
Psalms 33–34; Acts 16:22–40
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 July 2020 – Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.