From Handbook to Scripture, Day 261
READING: ACTS 27
Paul and other prisoners were delivered to a Roman centurion named Julius, who made arrangements to bring them by ship to Rome. After they sailed to Lycia, Julius put his soldiers and prisoners on a ship that was bound for Italy. This portion of the trip became increasingly treacherous, and when they arrived at Crete, Paul warned them not to continue on. Hoping to make it to a suitable harbor for wintering, however, Julius decided with the majority to continue on. Their ship was soon caught in a violent storm, and when all hope of being saved was lost, Paul related an angelic message he received that he would stand before Caesar and that none of them would perish in the sea. Paul predicted that they would run aground on an island, and when this occurred, all of them were brought safely to land.
Prayer: Lord, Your word never fails, and You accomplish all the things You promise to Your saints. May I cling to You during the storms of life and hope in Your life-giving promises.
Meditation passage: verses 24–25
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
A High and Holy Task
Lord God, You have called me to be among the followers of Jesus who will prove themselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation who appear as lights in the world. This is a high and holy task that is difficult to fulfill because of the pressures and obstacles of this present darkness. The world has such powerful lures that seek to seduce me to play by two sets of rules and serve two masters. As I renew my mind with the timeless precepts and principles of Your Word, may I see through this web of deception and not mistake material abundance for Your blessing. In Christ, I want to become increasingly different from my culture so that I will treasure the goodness of Your kingdom above the goods of this world.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: My Relationship to God—Faith, Trust, and Dependence
He who receives whomever You send receives You, and whoever receives You receives the One who sent You. (John 13:20)
I will not let my heart be troubled. I will trust in God and trust also in Christ. (John 14:1)
Peace You leave with me; Your peace You give to me. Not as the world gives, do You give to me. I will not let my heart be troubled nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)
You are the true vine, and Your Father is the vinedresser. He cuts off every branch in You that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I will abide in You, and You will abide in me. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can I, unless I abide in You. (John 15:1–2, 4)
You are the vine; I am a branch; if I abide in You, and You in me, I will bear much fruit; for apart from You, I can do nothing. (John 15:5)
If I abide in You, and Your words abide in me, I can ask whatever I wish, and it will be done for me. As I ask in Your name, I will receive, that my joy may be full. (John 15:7, 16:24)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and Christian
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34–35)