Well, we did it! The Acts Experience has been experienced. What an amazing journey the Lord has put us on. In this final week, I learned new things about my walk before the Lord. For the first time, I saw Acts as my experience, not just Paul's. The character of the apostles and the early church became personal and intimate with my heart.
Acts deals with the history of the early church but is about the spread of the gospel. Not consumed by the life of Paul being a great man but the greatness of the Holy Spirit who makes any man great for His purpose and calling. The intense focus is on the providence and hope the Holy Spirit brings in testimony of Himself.
Prayer from the First5 app this week:
Your Power can never be stopped. Help me proclaim this truth when my circumstances scream louder than my faith. In season's of waiting or when I feel harassed, help me remember that Your Grace is enough for me. I can appeal to the Highest Power in the world and in me-Your unchanging love and goodness. Amen!
Trials do not mean harm or evil but mean growth for our character and most importantly, growth for the kingdom of Heaven. As Paul, much like Stephen, was being wrongfully accused and had every right to defend himself, he chose to point his audience to the heart of Jesus. Instead of proving his innocence, he proved the power of God. The early church had a big calling and a huge focus. The trials of the early church exceeded the rational will of the flesh.
The LORD purposefully sets up every detail. If Paul had not been assigned the centurion for the ship ride to Rome. If Paul did not have the consideration, impressed the centurion by his character. If Paul was not live in line with the heart of God. There are too many "coincidences" in history to negate the providence of God.