Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 5, 2016
And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:3
The Lord seeks out disciples who are sensitive to His heart—those ready and willing to follow His next appointment to witness and serve. God seeks sincere seekers, so He can entrust them with His favor. He recruits submissive star players for His team, so let your heart rest in the hand of your heavenly Father. You will endure under the mighty hand of the Almighty, but out from under His authority, hope shrivels and help fades away. Gladly accept God’s next appointment.
Just as Jesus sent out His disciples in pairs, so the Lord appoints two witnesses to proclaim His truth for three and a half years. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, these bold prophets will have the ability to destroy their enemies and cause plagues to infect the earth as evidence of God’s presence and mankind’s stubborn heart. Once the two witnesses finish their assignment from heaven, the beast will arise from hell to attack, overpower and kill them. What the devil deems as dead—the Spirit is able to bring back to life. Divine appointments may die to be revived again.
“The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him ruler of His people.” (1 Samuel 13:14).
Keep your heart tender towards God with constant cultivation in the commands of Christ. You remain useful to your heavenly Father by staying sensitive to the Spirit’s service appointments. The Lord is not looking at your outward appearance, but at your inward beauty of integrity. Perhaps your mind needs cleansing from the seduction of the sensual and renewed with submission to the Spirit. Also, keep your pride in check with humble acts of service at home.
Because the Holy Spirit seeks you out, you are wise to turn toward Him and move in His direction. Obedience to God always moves towards God, while disobedience to God always moves away from God. The Lord may be seeking you to replace another unwilling servant of His. So, remain humble as opportunities to serve Him open up. Your added responsibilities make you more responsible to represent Christ well. So, surrender to God’s search for your heart.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you” (Job 22:21).
PrayerHeavenly Father, thank you for appointing me to serve in this season of life.
ApplicationI am available and willing to follow God’s appointments to humbly serve and witness for Him. Whom can I partner with in Kingdom minded ministry?
Related Reading2 Chronicles 30:8; Isaiah 26:12; John 4:23; Philippians 3:3
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