MONDAY, JANUARY 20
Scripture: Acts 20:25-27
There is a progression here in this passage that reveals the heart that obeys God. Acts 20:25-27 says, “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” How does this end? Paul said, “Because I did not count my life dear, I gave you everything God gave me, even when I knew it could cost us our friendship. I gave you what God gave me. I did not diminish it in any way.” I hope we will be able to say that at the end of our life. Are we willing to prophesy hard things? Are we willing to speak words that many people do not want to hear. Are we willing to deliver Holy Spirit-originated words that cause repentance or rebellion? Will leaders be prepared to deliver messages that might decimate their paycheck? Anyone can speak a word that people want to hear. God wants committed believers ready to lay their lives down for His purposes! If God tells us, we better be willing to deliver it straight and unvarnished. The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us in both how and when we deliver a word. But, we cannot diminish it. I trust we are growing in that dimension.