October 18, 2018: SOAP #3241:  Job 3-4; Acts 8-9 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road"the desert road"that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 10: 4   He fell to the ground […]

October 18, 2018: SOAP #3241:  Job 3-4; Acts 8-9

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road"the desert road"that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
10: 4   He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5   “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
10:10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.

Observation:   My attention has been drawn to the various ways God spoke to people in the book of Acts.   The copies of the Old Testament that were available were written on scrolls"too cumbersome to be carried from place to place"and there were not enough copies for even the leaders to have their own copy.   But lack of the written Word did not hinder God from speaking to His people.   God spoke to them.   They recognized that God was speaking and understood what He was saying.   They asked questions and heard His answers.   Their relationship was more than with words in a scroll or a letter, but with the Living Word and the Holy Spirit.    God spoke to them about things that would not have been found in the written scriptures.

Application: Holy Spirit, I appreciate how you speak to me through the scriptures.   I also need you to talk to me about my everyday life and the specific things you want me to do.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, thank you for opening my heart and mind to the scriptures.   And, thank you for walking with me through each day.   Keep talking to me, I pray. Amen

Pastor Leon
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