February 3 – Proverbs 5
LOOK: Avoid the adulterous woman!! Run!! Run!! Run!!
LISTEN: This passage makes it clear that chasing after your lust will only bring you shame and dishonor. I have seen the shame that people bear when they fall in their lusts.
LEARN: Be sure to make your marriage (or future marriage) the satisfaction needed for you and your spouse. There should never be the need to go outside of marriage for satisfaction. We need strong marriages!
February 2 – Acts 9
LOOK: The conversion of Saul…God chooses the worst of the worst by calling Saul to service in His kingdom. The conversion was miraculous to say the least with bright lights and a voice from heaven. Then a disciple named Ananias is told to minister to this former terrorist. Ananias obeys even though he is full of fear. Many believers doubt Paul’s conversion and are afraid that it is just a trap. The rest of this chapter is about the ministry of Peter, healing the lame and raising the dead. Many people at this time are becoming believers.
LISTEN: Ananias could almost get lost in all the miracles happening in this chapter but I love his obedience. Ananias asks God the appropriate questions for clarification but does exactly what God asks and brings Paul into the fold of believers.
LEARN: Are you willing to do whatever God asks? Better question…are you doing what God has already asked? God has commanded each believer to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Go and preach!
February 1 – Acts 8
LOOK: This passage starts out were the last one left…Saul is still in the business of torturing the believers. Philip was ministering boldly and people were being saved and rescued from demonic oppression. Simon the sorcerer was saved and baptized but offered the apostles money to be able to lay hands on people to give them the Holy Spirit. Philip rebuked Simon for such a wicked offer and pointed out the sinful nature of his heart. Philip then notices an Ethiopian reading the book of Isaiah while sitting in his chariot. He starts up a conversation which led to an explanation of Jesus and the Gospel. The Ethiopian believes and is baptized by Philip immediately. Then Philip disappears and reappears in a different location…Cool!!
LISTEN: I’m impressed with Philip’s ministry and boldness in a time when it was dangerous to proclaim Jesus in public. Philip was effective in every situation he was presented both publicly and in private conversations.
LEARN: I want to be effective for Christ even when it is dangerous! I also want to be effective for Christ in small, private conversations with people who need Jesus.