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Lead Me To The Flock

Lead Me To The Flock

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." Acts 18:9-10 (NKJV)

I remember racing in the desert and being alone out in some of the nasty sections late at night.  It could be a little unsettling being alone and away from those I knew could help in times of trouble or need.  It was always a great feeling to see the lights of the pits as I emerged from the surrounding darkness - it was a feeling of safety and camaraderie.  

I believe it is the same way when I am among many unbelievers and I am alone.  I know the Lord is with me, leading and guiding me, still it is great when I see other believers.  It's just like those lights in the pits in the middle of a dark desert.  I think this is what it was like for the Apostle Paul as he came to the city of Corinth.  He had just shared the Gospel message with the Jewish leaders in the synagogue, and they had decided not to receive it.  I think Paul probably felt very much alone at this point and surrounded by darkness.  God knew this and He was faithful to speak to Paul in the night in a vision He told him, "Do not be afraid...for I have many people in this city" (Acts 18:9-10).  

In many ways, I guess you could say that these people were Paul's pit crew - there to assist him.  These verses should bring us great comfort and they also give us instruction with respect to our Christian walk.  First of all we need to know that we don't need to be afraid because God is always with us.  We see Moses encouraging the Israelites of this same truth as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

The second thing we can learn from these verses here in Acts 18:9-10, is that God has people around us in our neighborhoods, workplace, and wherever we go, and He will lead us to them.  This is an important thing for us to remember and seek Him about because there is safety with other believers, as well as accountability.  The enemy would love to separate us from the flock to keep us isolated and without help.  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to ask God to lead you to other believers who will help sharpen you in your walk (Prov. 27:17), and be there to pray for you.  Find a small group to rightly divide the Word of God and to get to know others.  These people will be there for you and God will use them to help you and for you to help them.  

STUDY QUESTION: What truth can we glean from Deuteronomy 31:6 that should give us a great peace?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you seek the fellowship of other believers to strengthen your walk?

APPLICATION: Find a Bible study to get involved in and to fellowship with others.  There is strength within the body of believers and ministry flows through relationships.  

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance and leading in my life.  Thank You for bringing other believers into my life and for allowing me to be a part of theirs.  Father, continue to bring people to me and show me how I may be used to help serve their needs.  Father, I confess that apart from You, I cannot do anything.  I need You today Lord, would You please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me to serve.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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