The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 24 February 2020 – Run For Your Life
TOPIC: Run For Your Life
READ: Acts 1:15-26 (NKJV)
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16 “Men [and] brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
17 “for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.
19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’
21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 “beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
25 “to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
God made it clear in Isaiah 55:11 and Jeremiah 1:12 that His spoken words must be fulfilled. Consequently, someone would accomplish what was spoken in Psalm 69:25. How to attend such commission was conspicuously written also (Acts 1:20). Judas Iscariot might have read these passages; He was one of the disciples of Jesus. He was the treasurer of the company of God’s men – a privileged position! He knew Jesus came to die for the salvation of mankind (Mark 10:32-34; 14:17-21) and Jesus told them plainly that one of them would betray Him. Nevertheless, Judas Iscariot, having heard all these warnings, allowed his heart to become darkened with sin and seared with a hot iron of the devil. He therefore died spiritually and subsequently, died horribly. He was a thief and this destroyed him (John 12:1-6). Mathias who we are celebrating today had to take his place.
Friend, you go to Church and are baptised, you are a communicant and can pray; you can perform miracles, signs and wonders.However, you have refused to let go of that sin or those sins that so cling to you. It has so eaten you up that you don’t care about the warnings from God again. Repent now. Your continued claim to be born again will not save you. You must LEAVE SIN, else someone will take your position and crown. ESCAPE FOR YOUR LIFE!
PRAYER: Lord, I surrender, save me and keep me. Amen.