by Mike Ratliff
9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10 (NASB)
As many of you know if you have been following me for awhile, I am preparing to retire. My wife and I are really going through the wringer getting ready for this. Both of us are 70 year old. The way this Medicare and Medicare and insurance stuff is going along with getting my medical stuff moved over to the VA and my wife’s coverage moved over to Medicare is like a very bad dream at times. In any case, I am getting a real look at the gritty side of reality and I am positive God is allowing this for a reason. That is how he works with me so that I can learn what He wants me to learn so I can pass that on to you. I am also friends with many very good theologians who are right on the edge right now with current events and how what is going on points to God’s coming judgment. Here is a video I watched today that one of those friends linked to on Twitter. That is what is going on in Australia. I just came back from Washington, DC where my son lives. Everywhere we went we had to wear masks. I had to wear my mask in both airports and on the plane for the entire flights both ways. It was such a relief to get back to OKC and put that thing away. What is my point? Who is sovereign? What should we as Christians be about no matter what is going on all around us?
The following devotional if from Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for December 4th
C. H. Spurgeon
“I have much people in this city.”—Acts 18:10.
THIS should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ’s property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them He will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which His Son has paid. He will not suffer His substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.
Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. “Neither pray I for these alone,” saith the great Intercessor, “but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.”1 Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on His breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace. “The time of figs is not yet.” The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have His own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when He cometh forth with fulness of power—they must become the willing servants of the living God. “My people shall be willing in the day of my power.”2 “He shall justify many.”3 “He shall see of the travail of His soul.”4 “I will divide him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong.”5
Soli Deo Gloria!