Testify!  3/9/2018

Believe

This day, as we lead up to The Living Passover production, I am reminded to hold others up in prayer. Pray that they would come to know Jesus. Pray that they would cry out for forgiveness of sins and have the same peace, joy, freedom, and hope I do. I pray this because even faith is a gift. I pray Acts 20:21: to give them faith to believe.”

Acts 20:21 ERV

I told everyone—Jewish and non-Jewish people—to change and turn to God. I told them all to believe in our Lord Jesus.

Another version says it this way:

Acts 20:21 NIV

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

I read many versions of this scripture and loved the word choices offered here for how Paul gave his message: “testify, bore witness, declared, urged, witnessed, preached, warned solemnly, constantly, and earnestly.” I ask myself if I measure up against this standard.

Paul instructs a change: to repent. Repentance is turning from sin to God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Still other versions use “reform, change the way they think and act and to believe in our Lord, change their hearts and lives as they turn to God and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

Paul teaches us in Acts to go from where we started in sin to heart change. We are not just to stop sinning but start believing. This change corrects behaviors as we align with the Spirit. Only then can the truth be revealed.

This truth was available to all people, not just to Jews. God alone can forgive. We fix our eyes on the Promiser as we turn from our problems, sins, and vices to the hope and glory of Jesus Christ.

Who have you asked God for today? Who have you circled in prayer to be saved? Ask the Holy Spirit to draw them and enable them today to call on His name, Jesus, the only one who can save.

It’s time: testify.

~ Becky Richmond

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