“I was in the town of Joppa and was praying when I fell sound asleep and had a vision.” Acts 11:5
Peter experienced dreams. What about us? How do we hear from God? When God gives us the urge to follow, we cannot rest until we complete the task that has been assigned. When it’s right, you will be moved to do it.
He rewards our faithfulness. I pray often for my spirit to be stirred. To move me towards God and lead me to the adventure He has planned for me. I pray for the wisdom to know when He is speaking to me. I ask Him to help me be fearless in His name. Are you willing to be obedient, to have a life of changing moments? It’s not a burden to follow the Lord, it’s a true privilege.
News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:22-24
Defining moments for any of us can be loss or can be about God’s great grace that can transform us in the midst of sorrow. Through times of suffering we can see that through God’s grace we can achieve greater depth, compassion, joy, and appreciation of simple blessings. This story in Acts reminds us of the great persecution and suffering that was going on at the time. Yet Barnabas (the great encourager) arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God and he was glad. What a gift to live outside the box—to trust in God’s great grace. There is such depth in the faithfulness of God in our lives. If you are going through a difficult circumstance, a tough choice, a rough path in your life, try recalling God’s love, faithfulness and His great grace.
God, thank you for the gift of your great grace. May we trust that your grace is sufficient for us.