TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Scripture: Acts 20:25-35
Acts 20:25-35 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. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” It is obvious that the Apostle Paul had the very same testimony that Samuel, Daniel, Moses and the others had. He first brought himself under the authority of God’s Word. Out of that initial obedience came the authority to subdue kingdoms. ‘I have not taken, I have not hurt,’ Moses said in Numbers 16. ‘I have not taken, I have not hurt,’ Samuel said. And it is clear with Daniel that the first thing in chapter 1 is that he submitted himself to the Word and the leaders agreed to let him do it, and out of that he brought them into submission to God. Finally in this New Testament passage we have the Apostle Paul saying the same thing in verses 33-34, “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities.” From the Old Testament to the New, subduing of kingdoms and bringing in the great end-time harvest all starts at the same point. It starts with a personal choice to walk in purity and bring our lives under the authority of God’s Word. Let’s choose to live under the authority of His mighty and glorious Word!