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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
The Journey

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Acts 8:1-20 KJV
(1) And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
(2) And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
(3) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
(4) Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
(5) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
(6) And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
(7) For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
(8) And there was great joy in that city.
(9) But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
(10) To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
(11) And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
(12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
(13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
(14) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
(15) Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
(16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
(17) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
(18) And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
(19) Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
(20) But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Persecution of the saints is something that we read only to realize even in our world it still occurs in our world. The persecution of the church scatters Godís people. Godís people did not so much run in fear but went about doing the work of God, by teaching and baptizing in the name of Jesus. Philip was no exception on what he taught. He taught about Jesus and baptized the people in the name of Jesus, but not the Holy Spirit. A sorcerer had received the word of God. One begins to receive the word of God when one does not reject it. A child may receive the word of God and Jesus and not understand about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must be taught about in order for one to receive and believe in the Holy Spirit. Their will always be misconceptions about the Holy Spirit. One of the biggest mistakes is one thinking they can use God, but the power is not any individual to control. It is like the name of Jesus can not be used but by the Spirit. Yet the name of Jesus with some people is used in cursing and other ways. It angers me when I hear it. Yet I realize the uneducated about God has no understanding what they do to God or the name of God, His Son or Spirit. With that said one has to look at what Philip taught. He taught the bases of faith but not about the Spirit perhaps because of the sorcery in that village. Yet Peter and John went about teaching about the Spirit of God only with one wanting to buy the power of God not understanding Godís power can not be bought.

To be taught about Jesus is not to leave out the Spirit but to learn solely about Jesus and to be immersed in the word of God and Jesus. When teaching little ones, one wants to teach about Jesus, yet some churches even go ahead and teach about the Holy Spirit. Yet I wonder what little ones are grasping, the power of God or mimicry. It is not my place to judge, but I have to ask, how easy for people to misunderstand the Spirit. It not about vain repetition. When the seventy elders in the Old Testament were filled by the Spirit even the elders outside the tent were filled and prophesied. Prophesy is one of those things that can be both encourage or the building up of godly people, or the convincing through the prophetic word the truth to unbeliever. God may even choose to heal during this time of His Spirit falling upon the people, and communication of the word God into other languages occurs. There is purpose in the tongues as well as healing. It is to bring the lost to Jesus.

To journey as a believe with God is to share and testify of who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is. These believers were compelled by two things to share the Gospel the potential of death looming them for preaching the Gospel and thought of the loss of the word of God. The good news was important enough to share even at the cost of oneís life. To be told about the love and saving of power of God through Christ Jesus who died on the cross for all peopleís sin. Let us reason together and think about this journey of the missionary, the teacher of faith. Godís power compelling along with their own fears scattered the church. But the power of God rising in those that believed. The power of good being forced in a world of evil corruption and persecution.

The Gospel message should never invocate hate, but it does. The idea of love and hope seems to bring the worse out of the world. The world idea of hope is in the things they themselves can create and earn and not by the power of what God can provide. Fixing a pot of beans this morning, not because I have to eat beans, but because the weather demands it is soup time. Yet many eat beans because it cheap to make. Rightly so for many a poor man would starve without his bowl of beans and cornbread daily. Yet most people do not know there is a lack of nutrition in a bowl of beans. There is protein but not iron and other vitamins essential for healthy people. Add a little rice with beans or in the diet, actually helps maintain iron, but it still lacks certain vitamins, but it will keep a belly full. The point I brings out is only a diet of Jesus is not enough for the believer, one needs the Holy Spirit and Godís power working in their life to compel the Gospel. Without the strength of Godís Spirit one would not move into action. Without the fruit of the Spirit changing lives their would be no more growth. The things of God is about love, joy and hope that produces faith. To journey with God is sometimes peaceful and sometimes at odds with the world around. Are job is not to worry about where or how we are going but rely on the Spirit of God.

Dear Heavenly Father the journey of your people must rely on you. Help us to trust in you, not worrying about those we are to share with, but teaching as you instruct and following your will for our lives. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Countdown To Thanksgiving 17 Days left: Thank God for the journey of faith that compels one to continue sharing the despite the enemy.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 Corinthians 13:11-13 KJV
(11) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
(12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(13) And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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