“After this, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour my Spirit on servants, on both men and women.”
The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”
When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
What can we learn from the Scriptures?
We can learn history.
We can learn how to live in the present.
And we can learn what the future holds.
That’s a lot of useful information.
And it’s all contained in the Bible.
Your mind can’t contain all of God, but your heart can.
Your heart can also keep Him out of your life for all eternity.
It’s one thing to know about God.
It’s quite another to know God.
How’s your relationship with God?
Are you tight?
Or are you seeing other people?
Heaven is watching and waiting.
God knows everything you’re thinking, saying and doing.
Are you comfortable with that?
Are you above reproach?
Do you abstain from all appearance of evil?
Is your conscience clear?
If He came back today, would He find faith at work, expressing itself through love?
Or would He find people going astray, carried off in their pursuit of their own selfish desires?
The state of modern Christendom is appalling.
The surveys say as much.
One only need to open their eyes and see.
We are in dire need of reformation.
But there are glimmers of hope.
The spark has not completely faded.
The wind of the Spirit can ignite a firestorm overnight.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
What’s it going to be?
Are you part of the problem or part of the cure?
What’s the problem?
It’s not the sinners in need of saving.
They’re the mission field.
The problem is the stagnant status quo that lives an ineffectual life of double-mindedness, choking out the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Is your life an ineffective witness, unstable in all your ways?
Or are your feet planted on the Rock that cannot be shaken?
What’s the cure?
Walking in perfect fellowship with the Holy Spirit of God.
We need to get our minds right.
If our minds are not set on the things of God, then Satan has dominion over your soul.
You will know the truth.
And the truth will set you free.
But first it will piss you off.
In your heart.
And live forever.
To God be the glory.
And His will be done.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.