Daily Read - 2 Kings 17:1-18:12; Acts 20:1-38; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 18:6-7
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread,
Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.
9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep.
He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking,
he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him."
11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while,
even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.
Talk about a man who loves to preach! Paul lost all track of time and did not care if he ever found it again. He had a message burning deep inside his heart and nothing was going to stop him from getting his message out....NOTHING! After all, why would a young boy falling to his death stop him? Well it didn't!
Can you imagine the scene, a room filled with people eagerly waiting to hear the Word of the Lord from Paul? Oil lamps scattered in various places throughout the room casting longer and longer shadows as the evening wears on into the midnight hour. Suddenly a young man sitting in a window falls asleep and then falls to his death
In most churches, all things would come to a screeching halt; the service would stop, preaching would cease, and someone would call 911. Well, Paul did stop preaching, but only long enough to impart the life of Christ back into this young boy's body. After embracing him, he went back to those who had gathered to share a meal. He then continued to preach until dawn.
The indication from the story leads one to believe that those who gathered for the meeting were the ones who brought this boy back inside after
Paul had departed. He didn't even get to see the fruit of His prayer, but he knew the fruit of his prayer
What kind of faith does it take to walk through this kind of crisis knowing the Lord has heard your prayer? Paul didn't miss a beat; He went on as though nothing had happened because he knew Jesus, the Resurrection and Life
heard his prayer. He didn't have to see the manifestation of his prayer, because He knew His God had already answered.
We don't know the events that will unfold in our lives today, but within our spirit man resides the same awe-inspiring faith that Paul possessed and demonstrated. The only thing keeping us from operating in this kind of undaunted faith is our unsubmitted soul (mind, will, and emotions). Our soul can make orr break us in times of intense trials and crisis.
Let us make a conscience decision to walk in the Spirit today. We need to tell our soul to submit to the plans and purposes of God and allow our spirit man to rise up and run our lives. Our spirits are equipped with everything we need to face whatever comes our way. It has a direct link to God because it is where the Triune God resides!
This kind of faith empowered Peter to walk on the water; strengthened Stephen to forgive in the midst of martyrdom; enabled Paul to shake off a viper without harm; and prepared John to receive the Revelation on the Island Patmos. This kind of faith lives inside of you waiting for your activation and release to dramatically touch someone's life.
Take the lid off and watch miracles explode!