Friday, 24 August 2018

Hands that Perform Signs & Wonders

Day 18 (24 August 2018, Friday)

Acts 14:3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly or the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Paul and Barnabas used to stay Iconium of Galatia for days during their mission trip. There were many Jews who were disobedient to God then. They instigated many people to persecute Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas knew well the heart of the Lord. Hence, they relied on God and spoke boldly the Word of God, and were fearless towards their circumstances. God granted signs and wonders through their hands and took the initiative to show to the world His grace of salvation and healing.

The apostles in the early church were not afraid of conflicts.  They continued to proclaim the Gospel wherever they went in spite of strong persecutions. Once their lives were at stake, they would go to another place and continue to spread the good news of God, and signs and wonders still followed them everywhere they went. Have we ever thought of the reasons for this happening?

I believe that one of the catalysts for the continuity of signs and wonders was their courage and boldness that derived from their faith in God.

Today, we also have to believe that we can do whatever Paul and Barnabas did in the past.  God can perform His signs and wonders through us as we speak forth His Word boldly by faith.  For God desires to testify the authenticity of His Word and that He is alive in the midst of His people.

Pray for the People of Pahang & Johor

Minority People Group:  Jakun, Orang Seletar & Orang Kuala Tribes

Job 12: 21 – 22 He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.  He uncovers the deeps out of the darkness and brings deep darkness to light.

(Jakun, Orang Seletar & Orang Kuala Tribes:  Aboriginal tribes in Johor.  They suffer poverty due to unequal distribution of community development.)

The Oppressed and the Marginalized will Encounter God

Luke 6:20 – 21… Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

Bible Reading:        Acts 1 - 5                        Jeremiah 33 – 37

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