Not Taking Advantage

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Not Taking Advantage [July 10,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Don’t harm yourself! We are all here! Acts 16:28

Also Read Acts 16:22–34(NIV)

Several inmates were collecting roadside garbage to reduce their jail time when their supervisor, James, collapsed. They rushed to his aid and realized he was having a medical emergency. One inmate borrowed James’ phone to call for help. The sheriff’s department later thanked the inmates for helping get their supervisor prompt medical attention, especially because they could have instead neglected him—to his great detriment as he was having a stroke—or used the situation to their own advantage to escape.

The kindness of the inmates’ actions is not unlike those of Paul and Silas when they were imprisoned. After they’d been stripped, beaten, and thrown into prison, an earthquake struck so violently that it loosed their chains and shook the prison doors off their hinges (Acts 16:23–26). When the jailer awoke, he naturally assumed the prisoners had fled, so he prepared to take his own life (to preempt what would’ve been his punishment for their escape). When Paul shouted, “We are all here!” (v. 28) the jailer was so moved by their actions—uncharacteristic of prisoners—that he became curious about the God they worshiped, ultimately coming to believe in Him too (vv. 29–34).

The way we treat others reveals what we believe and value. When we choose to do good instead of harm, our actions might just prompt them to wonder about the God we know and love.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • In what situation can you choose to not take advantage for your own gain?
  • How might that decision benefit someone else?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Loving God, help me to make choices that will draw others to You.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

The Foolish Way of New Life

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FAITH BOOSTER:

The Foolish Way of New Life  [July 09,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Also Read 1 Corinthians 1:20–31(NIV)

Some things just don’t make sense until you experience them. When my friend was pregnant with her first child, she read multiple books about childbirth and listened to dozens of women tell their stories of labor and delivery. But she still couldn’t really imagine what the experience would be like. What her body was going to do seemed impossible!

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that birth into God’s kingdom, the salvation that God offers us through Christ, seems equally incomprehensible to those who haven’t experienced it. It sounds like “foolishness” to say that salvation could come through a cross—a death marked by weakness, defeat, and humiliation. Yet this “foolishness” was the salvation that Paul preached!

It wasn’t what anyone could have imagined it would be like. Some people thought that salvation would come through a strong political leader or a miraculous sign. Others thought that their own academic or philosophical achievements would be their salvation (1 Corinthians 1:22). But God surprised everyone by bringing salvation in a way that would only make sense to those who believed, to those who experienced it.

God took something shameful and weak—death on a cross—and made it the foundation of wisdom and power. God does the unimaginable. He chooses the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the wise (v. 27).

And His surprising, confounding ways are always the best ways.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How is God surprising you today?
  • Why is it true that God’s ways are better than your ways?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God, with Isaiah I pray, as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are Your ways higher than my ways.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta