In Acts 8, two kingdoms collide as one kingdom’s representative (Philip) interacts with the other kingdom’s representative (Simon). In the verses that ensue, and Simon apparently switches teams, the question soon becomes, “Where does his allegiance really lie?” Does he actually want Jesus, or does he just want the power to do some cool things?
Satan enters Judas on the day of the Passover meal, and it looks like Jesus’ ability to avoid death and conspiracy has come to an end. There is a traitor in the group. But certain details of Luke 22:1-13 show us that from God’s vantage point, things are going “exactly as he said.”
David encourages us to not be agitated or envious of those who seem to get away with wickedness and oppression in the world, because their day is coming. Evil has a shelf life. The righteous may go through hard times, but the Lord makes sure they are never abandoned, forgotten, or overlooked.
With the enemy (Haman) out of the picture, the problem remains that death for the Jews is still on the horizon. The mediator must go to work again.
The first step to persevering through hardship and trial is to remember the truth of the gospel. But there are practical things we can do daily as we endure.
Counterfeit gospels are part of our everyday life, which is why scripture calls us again and again to be on our guard, be watchful, and put on the armor of God. This series will take a look at 8 of the more popular lies that we are often tempted to believe.
Jesus sat down with his disciples and took the time to help them understand what prayer is and isn't, and what God is looking for. Hint: It's keeping the big picture in mind as you pray.