Thursday, April 23, 2015

Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20, John 6:44-51


Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20, John 6:44-51

Acts 8:26-40

My Beloved, the soul of the Ethiopian like good soil was prepared to receive the seed of the Word. Every Christian disciple must be attentive to the Holy Spirit and prepared to act in obedience when the Spirit reveals God's will. Like Philip, when we obey we will have the joy of bearing witness to the Good News.  Relying on the wisdom of God we will be able to speak God's Word with such clarity and power that like the Ethiopian those who desire to know You will be open to receiving the Good News of Salvation.

Where the Spirit is there is always joy when we are ready to be guided by Him. On our journey through life there will be many Ethiopians and God will send His Spirit to guide us to them. May we be ready to obey no matter what obstacles come our way.

Psalm 66:8-9, 6-17, 20

God has never failed me. I praise Him and rejoice in His love and faithfulness to me. He has forgiven my sins and renewed my spirit. He has given me grace and strength to avoid temptation and has always answered me. Every time I cried out to Him for help He reached out in loving kindness to save me.

John 6:44-51

My Beloved, Philip would never have evangelized  the Ethiopian had he not been prompted by the Holy Spirit and the Ethiopian would never have known You unless God, our Father, had not drawn him to You. Those who hear and believe and those who because they believe, witness to You by preaching the Good News will be raised by You in the end. 

It is always the Father who moves, plans, who accomplishes and who sets in motion all the events that will bring about the fulfillment of His perfect will if only we are attentive and obedient. 

The Father desires that we know Him and so He sent You into the world for no one knows Him but You. The Father desires that we receive spiritual sustenance so we do not perish by the wayside as we journey towards the Kingdom so He gave us the Bread of Life. The Father gives us Your Flesh as food and Your Blood as drink so that by eating and drinking the Flesh and Blood of the Son of Man, we become like Him. In this is perfect bliss.

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