Joel 3; Acts 7:54 – 8:25; Job 19:1-2
3:11 NLT “And now, O Lord, call out your warriors!” O Lord, call out Your warriors. Bring justice and peace on the earth!
3:13 Lord, the harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Keep me mindful that those who are not harvested to salvation now will be harvested to judgement later (Revelation 14:19; 19:15).
Lord help us to walk in the fear of a God so all your rewards such as:
God’s friendship (Ps.25:14)
God’s abundant goodness (Ps. 31:19)
God’s mercy (Lk 1:50)
God’s compassion (Ps 103:13)
God’s help (Ps 115:11)
God’s guidance (Ps 25:12)
God’s provision (Ps 34:9; 111:5)
Wisdom (Ps 111:10; Pr 15:33)
Answered prayer (Heb 5:7, Neh 1:11)
Protection from evil (Prov 16:6)
Work blessings (Ps 128:1-2)
Family blessings (Ps 128:3-4; 112:1-2)
May they all be your portion in Jesus name.
Joel 3:16 Almighty God, when Your voice roars and thunders and the earth shakes,
may we remember Your love and praise You because You are a welcome refuge and strong fortress.
Joel 3:20-21“But Judah will be filled with people forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all generations.
21 I will pardon my people’s crimes, which I have not yet pardoned and I, the Lord, will make my home in Jerusalem with my people.”
What an awesome promise God over the Land of Israel and nothing or no one can change it.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the Middle East. (Psalm 122:6).
Acts 7:54 – 8:25
7:59 As we remember our precious sister Pauline and her family today as her mum was promoted to be with The Lord on Friday morning the 5th September 2014 in her sleep.
Pray that your love for Jesus and your dependency on him will continue to grow until the moment of your death, that your heart will be close to His and that His name will be on your lips.
8:4-8 Praise God for the way He turns bad circumstances to good as He did when the early believers were scattered from Jerusalem into other regions of the world. Ask Him to turn a bad situation in your life into good.
8:9-24 On reflection of these verses and seeing Simon’s motive. Search your heart to see if you have any tendency to treat the blessings of God as opportunities for personal gain rather than gifts to be used in service for His glory.
God delights in whoever fears Him (Ps 147:11; Acts 10:35)
Godly fear must be learned (Deut 4:10; 31:13-13; Ps 34:11)
We should pray for the fear of God (Ps 86:11)
God is willing to place godly fear into our hearts (Jer 32:40)
The Holy Spirit conveys a spirit of the fear of God (Isa 11:2)
19:13-19 Think of friends and family members who have stood by you even through hard times.
Thank God for their love and faithfulness. We need each other.
19:23-24 Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,
24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead engraved forever in the rock.
Think of what you would want your epitaph to say. Then ask God to shape and direct the rest of your life in a way that will justify that epitaph.
19:25-27 Yes, Lord, I confidently agree. I joyfully shout with Job: I know that You, my Redeemer, live and that You will someday stand victorious on the earth. I will see You for myself, with my own eyes! I am overwhelmed by that thought! I praise You with hallelujahs!
While we are on the subject this week of a Fearing God. In reflection of this book of Job what can we learn from the God-fearing life style from Job’s example?
Job 1:1, 8, 1:9-11, 1:22; 2:3; 2:10
May God bless you richly