In preparation for my preaching tomorrow, my heart is crying out to the Holy Spirit to work afresh, first in my heart and life, and also in those who will hear the Gospel presented from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. As I reviewed what led up to Paul writing this letter, I went back to Acts and read these words from Chapter 11:21.
“And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21).
If the Lord’s hand is not on any preacher, if the Holy Spirit does not fill him, there will not be any result – no fruit that glorifies God. As I have often prayed for the expansion of the Gospel into the unreached peoples of the world, I also realize that I cannot manufacture or create the right conditions for anything to happen anywhere. These men in the Early Church were just simple men. What made them different was their submission to the Lord and the Holy Spirit.
“Those who were scattered because of the persecution” were not named, but “the hand of the Lord was with them!” Can we duplicate this? NO! It must come through ordinary people who are submitted to His hand. Put aside personal and denominational agendas; put away man-made methods and gimmicks. Have done with the flesh of man thinking he can accomplish God’s work. Reject glory from men and every tendency to seek the elevation through pride or comparison with what others do. Let us seek only the power of God, His glory and His work through us who are mere slaves of Christ.
Numerical growth is not the result of what we do; it is a divine work. DO NOT HINDER IT!
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