Morning by Morning, January 18 - "Companions of Jesus"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Be at the center of my heart and every moment of my day. ...
"When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, 'By what power or by what name did you do this?' Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, 'Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.' Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition" (Acts 4:7-14).
Lord, let me be recognized as a "companion of Jesus." Let me be known as one who has "been with Jesus" (v. 13 NKJV). Let me be so "filled with the Holy Spirit" (v. 8) that I speak with "boldness" (v. 13) and minister Your healing love and Your message of eternal salvation in the power and authority of Your name (v. 10-12).
I thank You for the gift of Your Word and Your Truth. But at the same time, I want more (Matthew 5:6). I want the gift of Your Spirit, the encounters of Your Presence, the intimacy of Your companionship. I want to "abide" in You, as You "abide" in me (John 15:4). I want to be "mature in the faith because (I) know Christ"--because I know You, not just know about You (1 John 2:13). "Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads (me) in triumphal procession, and through (me) spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing Him"--from living my life every day as a "companion of Jesus" (2 Corinthians 2:14). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you will be recognized every day as a companion of Jesus, because you've been with Him and because you know Him, spreading the fragrance of Christ everywhere He sends you in the power and presence of His abiding Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same of me. God bless you, my friend!
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Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
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