Devotional reading May 2018

Luke 6:12-16 KJV

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.



Words of encouragement:

After a long day of healing, teaching and just doing His ministry, Jesus turns to His Father in prayer. Jesus knows that His Father can refill Him. So He goes to a mountain side to be with His Father. On the next day, fresh and refilled with power from the Father, Jesus chooses His Apostles. Apostles are chosen by Jesus Himself to preach the Good News about the Lord Jesus Christ. If you look at the scripture, Jesus chose men that we probably would not have chosen – a tax collector, a betrayer, etc. But if we look closely at the scripture we find that they are willing vessels. Jesus chose them just the way they were. He just needed their willingness. In I Peter 4:10 we learn that we should use the gifts that we received to serve others with the grace that we receive from the Father. It is about our willingness and our stewardship. How well do we take care of the gifts that we have received? God’s grace enables us to use our gifts but our stewardship concerning our gifts makes us to use the gifts wisely and certainly willingly. I pray that we all seek discernment on what God wants from us and the congregation. We need to talk to the Father about it. We always should ask God on where and how we should serve. And believe me, if we lean on the lord God Almighty, we will receive so much joy. 
May God bless you in your walk with Him in 2018. May He give you joy, peace and more love. May He prosper all that you put your hands to in the Name of Jesus.