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Daily Devotional
March 30
 
And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria ...
Acts 8:1
 
‘You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon you and you shall be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth,’ promised Jesus (Acts 1:8). In other words, ‘My work starts here in Jerusalem, but it must not stay here only.’

We all have a tendency to camp out where it’s comfortable. So did the early Church. Jerusalem was the ‘happening spot’. It was the center of spiritual activity and for six years, no one wanted to leave. It took persecution to get the believers moving, to scatter them to Judaea and Samaria. It was persecution in Acts 8:1 which moved the Church to obey the command of Acts 1:8.

Maybe you face a job transfer, a relational change, or something else which makes you unsettled or unsure. Maybe doors are closing and you’re wondering why. Although it would be wonderful if we were all so spiritually sensitive that we would feel the prompting of the Lord and respond immediately, most of us don’t have that kind of sensitivity. For most of us, it takes a pink slip, a job transfer, a broken romance to get us moving. Perhaps you’d rather stay where you are, but in reality the Lord sees where He can use you most effectively. Trust Him.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store