Getting Stronger

Acts 18:23

The ONE application I’d like to explore today comes from that which we see in verse 23- Strengthening all the disciples…

If I’d break this down you could easily understand the significance of small words like; ALL.  Would you agree with me that ALL means something?

Let me hasten to point out this particular ALL is connected to something very important; All DISCIPLES.

This is a finer point of the law, but I hope you understand – DISCIPLE also means something. Disciple doesn’t mean just anything or everything.

Biblically it means this;

Matthew 4:18- As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19- “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20- At once they left their nets and followed him.

Acts 1:8- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 2:4a- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 2:42- They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

These VERY persons did not just BECOME disciples, they pursued BEING a disciple.

God’s chosen instrument, the apostle Paul, engaged strengthening!

Whatever Strengthening is – God has purposed for His followers to engage it!

God has purposed for YOU to be Strengthened!

Now then, there’s a new “Thing” in town…     PLANET FITNESS

Three Questions:

Question #1- Since we have this PLACE am I safe to assume that all of the citizenry of our County is now healthier and in better physical condition?

  • Of course not!

There is also a membership available… 

Question #2- With a paid membership can the Bearer of said membership expect to awaken in the subsequent days in better shape, health, etc.

  • Of course not

Question #3- Since there are “Church Houses” dotting the landscape – can we expect that ALL Disciples are therefore being Strengthened???

  • Of course not – the Strengthening is available – but – the individual must put forth effort.

HOW does that work?   We’re gonna find out  - STAY TUNED!

The Downfall of Nations

I've been reading slowly through the book of Judges once again. I must admit this time seems much more purposed than simple devotional reading.

In the process I came upon the following. This is an excerpt from the introduction of Dr. J. Vernon McGee's simple lay commentary on the book of Judges.

"The book of Isaiah opens with God giving this philosophy of history. Isaiah outlines three steps that cause the downfall of nations: (1) spiritual apostasy, (2) moral awfulness, and (3) political anarchy, which is the final stage of any nation. These steps have destroyed nations down through history."

One could certainly argue the point of whether or not Dr. McGee is correct in his surmisings. But, for the sake of argument lets agree that his assessments are correct. Thus, where would you place your nation at this present time in history?

As a resident of the United States of America (which is approaching her 240 birthday) this gives me reason to pause and consider. Could any honest person suggest other than we are far and away from being a nation that loves God with all our heart, mind, soul & strength. Rather, perhaps our awful apostasy has found us "in the mess we are in".

History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."         (General Douglas MacArthur)