SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR DECEMBER 5, 2022 (THE DANGER OF WANTING TO PLEASE MEN)
TOPIC: THE DANGER OF WANTING TO PLEASE MEN
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, expose me to your truth as I read your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 25:13‐27
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Festus was not convinced that the charges brought by the Jewish leaders against Paul merited a death sentence. However, for fear of antagonizing the Jewish leaders, he was unable to set Paul free. Paul was compelled to appeal to Caesar when he realized that Festus was indecisive due to much pressure and might end up yielding to the demands of the Jewish leaders. It might appear that Festus wanted to please the Jews and therefore sought the assistance of King Agrippa and his sister Bernice.
Notice the open confession of Festus in vs.25a and the confused state in which he found himself as he tried to establish concrete charges to merit sending Paul to Rome to stand trial before the emperor (v.26).
There are many leaders in our world today, Africa and elsewhere, who for fear of men, love for money and the fear of losing their position and influence will not take the right decisions. There is miscarriage of justice, rigging of elections and nepotism. Even in the church, corruption is rife by many church leaders at meetings opened with prayer! Are you willing to stand for the truth no matter the consequence?
Thought: Are you God’s man where you are, willing to stand out for Jesus
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, please give me the courage to always stand for the truth and not to compromise for fear of men.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Numbers 23:22
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Timothy 1‐3; Proverbs 25.
READ: Scripture Union Daily Guide – 4 December 2022 | The Unsuccessful Ambush
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN Mon, 05-Dec-2022
BIBLE READING PROMOTION:
KEPT BY THE WORD OF GOD
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Another Bible Reading Promotion season where people are encouraged to read and believe the word of God.
☀ Increasing our faith in Him as we read and believe His word.
☛ More brethren in SU and other Christian Ministries to hold fast the Word of God which is the word of life.
☛ Increased teaching and training in righteousness, as we read and apply God’ s word and encourage others to do the same.
☛ Brethren in SU, as we learn to continue to take refuge in our God and in His word in this end time.
⚠ Failing to read or apply God’s word, thereby not being sanctified.
⚠ Not abiding by God’s word, thereby not overcoming the evil one.