Devotion for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Read Acts 21:1-14

Paul continues to travel back toward Jerusalem. On his way the followers of Christ that he meets keep telling him not to go. It gets to the point that a guy named Agabus prophesies by the Holy Spirit that if Paul goes to Jersualem that he will be bound (put under arrest.)

What an incredible response that Paul gave! Paul essentially says, “BRING IT ON! Whatever God wants to do, I am ok with. The will of the Lord be done.”

How can I apply this to my life?
Do you ever get scared about doing what God wants you to do? Are you ever worried or scared about what other people think of you?  We have to be able to say, no matter what, “the will of the Lord be done.” It starts with knowing that what I’m doing is what God wants me to do.

6 thoughts on “BRING IT ON!

  1. Mafalda Delienne

    I sometimes do get scared of what god is gonna have me to do because I’m scared that it might be out of my comfort zone, but I know what ever God has for me he’ll make sure that I’m ready for it. I used to be really worried and scared about what other people think of me but now I don’t care anymore because what ever they say is not true and the only people’s oppinions that I’m worried about it what my mom thinks about me and the people I really care about and of course God. Whatever god has for me I will do it bring it on!! hehe 🙂

  2. Laura

    Good morning. Yesterday crazy, didn’t get on to do my devotional. But here I am today.
    I agree with Mafalda. It can be a little scary sometimes wondering what God’s will is for my life. A lot of times God’s will isn’t always mine. When we completely submit to God and His will we open ourselves up to a lot of unknowns. However, we are never safer than when we are doing God’s will. We shouldn’t be fearful of what He has for us because if it is His will He will equip us to do what He wants us to do. I would be safer in a third world country than right here at home if that is where God wanted me to be. Question is: Do I have the guts to follow whatever God would have me to do? Well, not always, but I do feel I felt His leading in home schooling my children. I listened and have now been doing it for 6 years. It has not been easy and was scary at first, but I didn’t ignore His calling on my life. There are days (lots of them) where I would like to quit and do what I want to do, believe me! But the Lord always gets a hold of my heart and gives me the strength to go on. I was feeling ready to quit a few months ago and mentioned that to a really good and Godly friend of ours. Who, incidentally, was a big part of convicting my heart about educating the girls at home. I said I just didn’t think I could do this another day, and he reminded me that the Lord had gotten me through every school day for the last 5 years and would continue to get me through them. Geez! how annoying!! Another Godly, thought out, spirit led piece of advice from my great and Godly friend. He made the point better than how I am expressing it her on this devotional, but once again I was able to go one more day knowing that God was in control and didn’t want me quitting quite yet. I guess I am in it for the long haul, gray hair and all, But I guess that is why hair color was invented for just a time as this.

  3. It is a scary thought sometimes thinking about the things God has given you to do. We are all commanded to do things, such as make disciples or go into all the world and spread the gospel, which isn’t always easy and sometimes scary. Paul’s response to this situation is so encouraging! I tend to get overwhelmed and discouaraged. Sometimes I feel like God has given me more than I can handle, but I always have to remind myself that God knows way better than anyone-inlcuding myself, how much I can handle. I’m so blessed and thankful for all the opportunities, passions, and drives that God has and continues to give me. I need to look at all the things He gives me as opportunities and be thankful for them knowing that God, who doesn’t need to use any of us, chooses to use us, and we need to have the right attitude about it. I need to reassure that God knows my strengths and that He only gives me what He knows I can do. Through His strength and guidance, I can do His will, we all can! I know I need to have Paul’s attitude and say, “God, I know you have high expectations for me, but I know that through you I can do anything, and I will do whatever you want me to. My life is yours. So bring. it. on.”

    Very encouraging devotion today!

  4. Graciee lou

    lets be honest. when it comes to doing God’s will it can be really scary. I’m not even going to say that i’m not STILL scared to do it. Who said we can’t be afraid though? Even Paul was scared at times while doing God’s will. The point is that we do it. I want to do great things for God and I dont want ‘fear’ to stop me from doing it. Who cares what everyone else thinks. Just like Laura and Melanie said, He wouldnt make you do it if you weren’t able too. He provides you with everything you need and all skills you will need. If it’s what He wants then He will make it happen. I shouldn’t be afraid because I know that if God wills it, it is gonna work out. It’s only human to be afraid but I cant’t let that stop me. If God asks it I will do it. I wanna give Him my all. He is in control. I want to do great things and follow His will. BRING IT ON!

  5. Paul is a great example of doing what God wants, no matter what. I love his attitude about it too, bring it on! Sometimes following God can be pretty scary. But if He brought you to it, He’ll bring you through it! I hope I can be able to say “the will of the Lord be done.” no matter what!

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