July 15, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional || ODB Today Message For Friday
July 15, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional || ODB Today
READ FRIDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 15TH JULY 2022 WRITTEN BY WINN COLLIER (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)
TOPIC: The Whole House
SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:22–34
KEY VERSE: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household. – Acts 16:31
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 13–15; Acts 19:21–41
July 15, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional | INSIGHT
We see two great movements in the book of Acts that are closely linked: geographical and ethnic. The good news moves from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth and from Jews to gentiles. Jerusalem represents Judaism and God’s Old Testament promise to bring salvation to the world through the nation of Israel. This promise goes back to God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1–3), where God promised that He’d create a great nation (Israel) through him and would bless all people. This promise was fulfilled through Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:55, 73; 3:34; 19:9; Acts 3:25; 7:17).
July 15, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional | MESSAGE
Wearing his striped jumpsuit, James walked across the steamy jail gym and climbed into the portable pool where he was baptized by the prison chaplain. James’ joy multiplied, however, when he heard that his daughter Brittany—also an inmate—had been baptized that same day . . . in the same water! When they realized what had happened, even the staff got emotional. “There wasn’t a dry eye,” the chaplain said. In and out of jail for years, Brittany and her dad both wanted God’s forgiveness. And together, God gave them new life.
Scripture describes another prison encounter—this time with a jailer—where Jesus’ love transformed an entire family. After a “violent earthquake” shook the prison and “the prison doors flew open,” Paul and Silas didn’t run but remained in their cell (Acts 16:26–28). The jailer, overcome with gratitude that they didn’t flee, took them to his house and eventually asked that life-changing question: “What must I do to be saved?” (v. 30)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus,” they answered, “you and your household” (v. 31). The response reveals God’s desire to pour out mercy on not only individuals but also entire families. Encountering God’s love, they all came “to believe in God—[the jailer] and his whole household” (v. 34). Though we’re often eager for the salvation of those we love, we can trust that God loves them even more than we do. He desires to renew all of us, our whole house.
July 15, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional | ODB For Friday
REFLECT: What difference does it make to consider how God reaches out to whole families? How can you trust God’s mercy for your family?
PRAY: Dear God, please reveal Yourself to my whole family.
Our Daily Bread Devotional 15th July 2022 || ODB Today Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet.