February 14 Leviticus 23, 24; Psalm 24; Acts 21

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The King of My Heart | Kim Chipman

S~ Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:10

“King Of Glory” Third Day (VIDEO)

Who is this King of Glory that pursues me with his love
And haunts me with each hearing of His softly spoken words
My conscience, a reminder of forgiveness that I need
Who is this King of Glory who offers it to me
Who is this King of angels, O blessed Prince of Peace
Revealing things of Heaven and all its mysteries
My spirit’s ever longing for His grace in which to stand
Who’s this King of glory, Son of God and son of man
His name is Jesus, precious Jesus
The Lord Almighty, the King of my heart
The King of glory
Who is this King of Glory with strength and majesty
And wisdom beyond measure, the graceous King of kings
the Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
Who is this King of Glory, He’s everything to me
The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
He is the King of glory, He’s everything to me
P~ I praise You today! I love You!

Follow You | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The will of the Lord be done.”  Acts 21:13,14 (NLT)

O~ Paul was drawn to Jerusalem irresistibly by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:22). But his friends knew Paul would face danger if he went and they tried to persuade him to stay. But they did not persuade Paul instead he followed the Holy Spirit’s leading.

A~ This shows me that others might try to persuade me to do what they believe would protect me or would just be better for me.  That isn’t a bad thing, but the best thing is to listen carefully to what God shows me and follow him.

P~ Dear Jesus, thank you for this example. Thank you for those who follow you wholeheartedly. Help me to follow you wholeheartedly.

All In – Robin Laney

S~ Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13 (NIV)

O~ Paul was bound for Jerusalem. During a stop in Tyre, the disciples there urged Paul not to go to Jerusalem. He moved on from there and during his stay in Caesarea he was prophesied over by Agabus. He was told that he would be bound in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles. The people begged him not to continue on to Jerusalem but he was on a mission and the people released him to God’s will. He carried on with his plan and arrived in the city shortly after. Paul was less concerned with his safety and comfort than with the spread of the Gospel.

A~ Jesus calls us to follow him. He doesn’t promise safety or comfort, although we might experience them in this life. He calls us to a mission, make disciples of all nations. Make sure that everyone who lives on this earth hears about him. Sometimes, he calls us to go to unreached people groups and he certainly calls each of us to reach our neighbors, whether they are around the world or around the corner. Reaching some people requires that we put ourselves at great physical risk and reaching others might mean putting ourselves in a position to be rejected. We might be called to minister to people we regard as unsafe, perhaps in what we see as unsafe neighborhoods. Standing with Christ might put us at financial risk in our jobs. Christians around the world lose their lives, their homes, their families, their livelihoods every single day because of the declaration of their faith in Jesus. Missionaries count the costs and find that the mission is worth any risk or loss of temporal things.

As I read this encounter Paul had with two different faith communities, I thought of all of the people I know who have left family, friends, comfort, safety and, many times, naysayers behind for the sake of the Gospel. They have sold everything they own. They have made huge financial sacrifices. They have taken giant risks for the sake of orphans and have taken on responsibility for caring for people on the other side of the globe. They have lost friends and sometimes alienated family because of their zeal for Christ. They give up their lives to teaching and preaching to all who will listen. They spend themselves loving and caring for street kids in the streets of Ethiopia and India and Mexico and El Salvador. They go without concern for personal safety or comfort. They plant churches. They expose their heart to great pain and loss. Paul’s story should be our story as followers of Jesus, giving our lives fully for the sake of the Gospel, without fear or reservation, with the hope that when we kneel before Christ one day he would be well pleased that we did what he sent us out to do.

P~ Lord, let me follow you like Paul did, without fear or concern for personal safety or comfort. Give me your eyes to see the lost around me and the courage to do as you have commanded, being bold to share You freely and liberally no matter the cost. Replace any fear or uncertainty within me with the assurance that my life is fully in Your hands. If You are for me, who can be against me? It’s all about You, Jesus!

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