June 7, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

Today’s Reading

Acts – Chapter 21

  • Paul warned about going to Jerusalem
  • Paul goes to Jerusalem
  • Paul visits James
  • Paul arrested in the temple
  • Paul’s defense before the people

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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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2 Responses to June 7, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

  1. CecileC says:

    Acts 21:13-14
    Even though Paul knew he would be imprisoned, he knew that he had to because God wanted him to. No one enjoys pain, but a faithful disciple wants above all else to please God. My desire to please God should overshadow my desire to avoid pain or suffering. When I really want to do God’s will, I must accept all that comes with it-even the pain. Then I can say like Paul said: “The will of the Lord be done”!
    God does not ask much of me, what he asked of Paul to be honest, if I was Paul and knew that I could be killed if I went to Jerusalem, seriously I do not think I would of gone. This might be a bit extreme, but it does make me think where do I stand, and I really mean where do I stand when it comes to talk about Jesus?? God does not ask me to die for HIM (not yet) all He asks is in Matthew 28: 18-20, who else is with me on this??

    I pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit that God would give me wisdom in doing what He want’s me to do, in Jesus’ name. AMEN

    • Pastor Maurizio says:

      To have wisdom we need to listen to wise advice (Pro 11:14). Zeal without discernment (better translation than knowledge) is not a good thing. (Rom 10:2)

      I prefer to think that God was counseling and warning Paul so he could avoid the hardship. That what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for.

      I have seen many people today that have set their heart to do something for God, and did not listen to wise advice on how to go about doing it. So, they paid for lack of wisdom, and often even failed.

      I was talking with Liliane and he was sharing how Joseph was very attentive to God’s direction. He took God’s warnings seriously. He did not need any repetition. That is why he was chosen to be baby Jesus’ protector.

      Looking at Jesus’ ministry, He was always able to avoid the attacks of the Pharisees without being affected. Only at the end, He accepted what was clearly the will of God for Him. And even in that case he asked God three times if that was the time. He paid the price for us, so that we can enjoy the benefits.

      On the other hand, Paul always got in trouble wherever he went. It was his personality: extremely bright, zealous, opinionated and argumentative. The warnings were repeated: “don’t go to Jerusalem.” They were not trying to stop him to go to Rome. But Paul had set his heart to follow his plan of action without considering any possible change. That does not mean that God did not want him to go to Rome. He could have gone as a free man.

      God used Paul anyway. Paul had great, wonderful revelations about the Gospel, but he was not infallible in his decisions. Paul’s revelations were from the Holy Spirit. Some of his decisions were not. For example, at the beginning of his ministry he created so many problems that by night they had to lower him in a basket through an opening of the wall. (Acts 9:22-25) That was not enough, he continued to debate and to create conflict so that the brethren took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. Only then the church in Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit and it grew in numbers, living in the fear of God (Acts 9:28-31).

      It is so easy for us to think that because somebody is in the Bible or because somebody is zealous, he/she must be doing what it is right. The only one always right is Jesus. All the other ones are men and women just like you and me. We must always use discernment.

      I greatly admire Paul, but consider how different was John the apostle! How different were their messages. How different were their lives. We need both their ministry, and their comparison reveals the results of some valuable principles we can use in our life and ministry.

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