The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 24 July 2020 – Do Not Be Discouraged
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TOPIC: Do Not Be Discouraged
READ: Acts 18:1-11 (NKJV)
- After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
- And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
- So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.
- And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
- When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews [that] Jesus [is] the Christ.
- But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook [his] garments and said to them, “Your blood [be] upon your [own] heads; I [am] clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
- And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain [man] named Justus, [one] who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.
- Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
- Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
- “for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
- And he continued [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
History has proven over two thousand years that the Gospel of Christ has always attracted oppositions wherever it is preached. Paul has, by now, become accustomed to such antagonism. But even veteran servants of God can become discouraged sometimes. This was one of such moments for the apostle, Paul. He had encountered his own share of the persecutions and challenges. No child of God or even a man of God, no matter how experienced, no matter the years of faith and ministry, is ever immune to discouragements.
Discouragement is one of the lethal weapons in the hands of the devil to bring believers down. Thankfully, we are not left alone – God is always with us (verses 9-10). Are you discouraged today and tempted to give up? Do not succumb to the pain, the shame and the failure; and do not listen to the voice of the devil. Keep on living, keep on trusting God, keep on praying, keep on speaking, and keep on holding on to the faith in Christ. God has promised, “I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you.” The enemies may attack but they cannot harm you, because your life is in God’s hand.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your promises to be with me always.