Richard Waialeale

"At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers." (Acts 14:1-2)
In the last two chapters of the Book of Acts, I notice each time the apostles preached the Good News, many people believed and followed, and then there were some who refused and outright rejected the message. The number one hurt in a persons life, the most hurtful thing is rejection. The power to be accepted is so profound, people will do the craziest things just to be accepted. The Bible says Jesus was perfect and yet He was despised and rejected by men. Even Jesus was not accepted by everybody. You just can't please everybody. Even God can't please everybody. Studies show that the younger you were when you were rejected, the greater an impact it has on your life. It's a good thing stoning people happened during the period of this historical event. Often enough, rejection will come in the way of words. And those words planted inside you at a young age can grow roots and affect a person later on in life.
God sees you as capable and one of the best ways that we can improve our self-image is with our words. Words are like seeds. Words have creative power.

In the book of Isaiah, he says, "We will eat the fruit of our words." The truth is, our words tend to produce what we're saying. When we take on that kind of attitude, we take away the lethal power of the Accuser. He can't control us when we don't believe his or her lies. The reason why the apostles in the book of Acts continued pressing forward is because of their motivation and the Holy Spirit. They were on a mission for God. We too have that same mission for God. I must not let man's rejection stop the Gospel from being told. My number one concern is to see myself as God sees me, and do the work He has called me too.
Lord I thank you for choosing me to share the Good News to anyone and everyone. Thank you for loving me no more or no less then You already love me. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Devotions for February 07

Leviticus 4,5,6
Acts 14

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