Paul says good-bye to Ephesus. There are many reasons this is significant. Of course because it will be the last time Paul sees these people he’s been guiding and he will miss them, but it’s more than that.
Paul knows that the evil one will come to attack them and try to destroy what The Holy Spirit has done through Paul. Paul also knows that he must get to Jerusalem because the Holy Spirit has asked him to go. Paul also knows that he will find much strife there.
We see a heartfelt plea from Paul to the people of Ephesus today in our reading and it is a great reminder that God can do the seemingly impossible with a willing human. Notice I said “willing” human. Before you head off to read or listen today, think about this question…
What is keeping you from being a “willing” human used by the Holy Spirit?
Whether it be fear of failure, fear of ridicule, or fear of _________, I encourage you. DO NOT BE AFRAID! Some say the Bible says not to be afraid 366 times — once for each day of the year including leap year. Although it is HOTLY debated on the amount of times it is mentioned, one thing remains true… When the Lord says something once… HE MEANS IT. DO NOT BE AFRAID!
June 30, 2012 Bible Reading
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