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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28

    The Greek word for taking heed is prosecho, which means to hold to, turn to, or attend and that is what Paul is telling the elders of the church to keep attentive to the word of God and all the flock that the Holy Spirit made them overseers of. The Greek word for overseers is episkopos, which means a superintendent. or bishop. who is a man charged with the duty of seeing that things are to be done for others rightly, as any curator, or guardian? Yes, this is what God hath made them to be and to feed the flock the word of God which Jesus hath purchased with His own blood on the cross. What a blessing this is and all those who do this well will receive a Crown of glory for being faithful overseers. I pray that we do not let any man steal your crown, but watch therefore in prayer and fasting that the Holy Spirit will give you the power to do the job until the Lord returns as the chief Shepherd of the flock. We want to hear well done good and faithful servant enter thou into the joy of the Lord.

  • #For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27

    The Greek word for shunned is hypostello, which means to draw to, let down, draw back. Paul is telling the church that he will not draw back or let them down from declaring the whole counsel of God. Hypostello is a compound word to withhold under (out of sight) i.e.to cower or shrink, shun, or withdraw. The Greek word for declare is anangello,  which means to bring back word and to announce. Thus this is what Paul is doing by preaching the whole counsel of God. O how we need preachers to do this today and declare thus saith the Lord, and withhold nothing from telling them that the Lord has told you to proclaim from His word. Just as the great hymn of the church: It is well with my soul. It will be well with my soul knowing that I did not shun to tell you the whole counsel of God. I pray that many will get the courage to preach thus saith the Lord to the gay people without being called homophobic. We must speak the truth in love, for God up above loves you with an everlasting love, and has sent His Son to die on the Cross for your sins. O praise God for the tree called Mount Calvary, that sets me free. The same can be true for you, just say come into my heart Lord Jesus and cleanse me of my sins by your Blood. For whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

  • #Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. Acts 20:26

    Paul is calling for adjudication of his record of preaching. The Greek word for the record is martyromai which means to summon as a witness, to affirm before God. This is what is being done as Paul is testifying to the fact that He has preached the whole gospel without sidestepping the important issues of the day. It is as though he has exhorted solemnly followed by the accusative with an infinitive. It is as though Paul is going through a preponderance of the evidence of his preaching and he is pure from the blood of all men. O how we need our leaders to say this in the midst of the apostasy that we find ourselves in the midst of. Many who preach the word today seek to be politically correct rather than Biblically correct.  God will hold all of us who preach the gospel accountable for the blood of those who die in their sins because we failed to preach the unadulterated gospel. We must warn the wicked so that they do not die in their sins. If we have warned them as the word of God tells us, then we are pure from the blood of all men as Paul is. James said to be not many masters for we will be judged severely if we fail to preach the whole gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • #And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Acts 20:25

    Paul is giving his swan song to them when he used the Greek word: optanomai which means look, perceive, be sure, understand that ye all among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. The Greek word: skopeo means watching from a distance. And the people are very sad at the revelation of this fact, but God uses Paul to advance the kingdom through all the trials that he suffered. The Greek word for preaching is kerysso, which means to herald especially divine truth and publish it. This is what Paul does as he authors fourteen books of the New Testament if you attribute Hebrews to him. What a blessing this has been to the church and we are all better Christians because of how the Lord used Paul to publish the divine truth of the kingdom of God. The Greek word for face is prosopon, which means countenance, fashion, person, and presence. So this is what they enjoyed more seeing his face among them and now knowing that he will not be there with them in person. This is why we must enjoy the presence of our loved ones every day for we never know when the Lord will take them from us, as he did with Paul. Tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them and thank God for giving you the time with them. The poem goes: one life to live, and will soon be past, Only what is done for Christ will last.

  • #But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry,  which I have received of the Lord Jesus, that I may testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

    The Greek word for finish: is teleios which means to complete, accomplish, consecrate to bring to a perfect end. That is what the Lord Jesus said on the cross when He had finished the work that the Father had given Him to do. So it is with Paul when he said none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy. The Greek word for joy: is chairo which means with cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight or an exceeding fulness of joy. For Paul delighted in finishing the ministry which he received of the Lord Jesus on that Damascus road, as well as to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. What a blessing this is to finish the work the Lord Jesus has given us to do. I pray for those of you out there who are caught between two opinions: serve God only and finish the work of the grace of God. Leave this world behind for all those things of this world will perish, but he that does the will of the Father shall abide forever.

  • #Save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth in every city, saying bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:23

    The Greek word for Holy is hagios which means sacred most holy one and Paul has been told by the Holy Spirit that in every city bonds and afflictions abide him there. The Greek word for witnesseth is: diamartyromal, which means to affirm solemnly. As Paul writes in II Tim. 3:12 all those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. The Greek word for bonds is: desmos, which means shackle, figuratively an impediment or disability. This is exactly what happened to Paul as in II Cor. 12 he writes about the thorn in the flesh that was given to him, a messenger of Satan to buffet him lest he should be exalted above measure. So he prays three times for the Lord to take it away, but Jesus said: My grace is sufficient for thee, My strength is made perfect in your weakness. I thank God that I too have learned to rejoice in the grace of God in my disability. Mental Illness is not looked upon as a Christian impediment, but it is and we have to cry out to the Lord for more grace to keep us from those voices that are trying to destroy our testimony in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Paul learned to boast in his weakness that the power of Christ would be upon him, we too must do the same.

  • #And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Acts 20:22

    The Greek word for spirit is pneuma which is the mental disposition as Paul's disposition makes him bound in the spirit to go to Jerusalem not knowing what shall befall him there: The Greek word optanomai means be aware, behold, consider. This is what the Holy Spirit had warned Paul that he needed to beware of what would befall him in Jerusalem. And Paul is telling us that trouble is coming, but understand God will provide for us in every area of life. Where ever the spirit tells us to go the grace of God provides for us. Therefore perceive that the will of God moves on you to go in the way that the Lord tells you to go. Paul wanted to go to Jerusalem and observe Pentecost.  Yet he was knowledgeable about the suffering that was going to come on him for doing the will of God. I thank God that He gives us the grace to go every place the spirit leads us. So do not worry just like Paul did not worry he just did the will of God and he was taken care of knowing trials would come his way. The Greek word for behold: is eido which is used as an imperative meaning he was determined to do the will of God. That is the same thing we must do when we behold the will of God telling us what to do. The Lord gives us the wherewithal to go and do everything He commands us to do. So give God the glory and tell the story of how He gave you the grace to get over whatever cares come your way.

  • #Serving the Lord with all humility of mind and with many tears and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: Acts 20:19

    The Greek word for temptation: is peirazo which means an experiment or a trial. The Greek word for lying in wait: is epiboule, which is a compound word that means a plan against someone. This is how the Jews plotted against Paul to try to stop him from preaching the gospel. Yet God used the temptation and lying in wait of the Jews for the furtherance of the gospel. We will need to do the same house-to-house preaching of the gospel as many people do not go to church gatherings for fear of catching Covid-19 so we have to let them know we are serious about advancing the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do this by preaching repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. So do not be discouraged by the lying in wait and temptations of the devil, for we are more than conquerors in the Lord Jesus Christ who leads us always in triumphant victories.

  • #And when they have come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all season,  Acts 20:18

    Paul had tarried at Trogullium, a place in Asia Minor, a place in Ionia. It was the name of a town and promontory of Ionia, and there he had meditated on their journey through Chios, an island in the Aegean Sea, and Samos, how the Lord had delivered them through many perils from the first day that he came into Asia. God is good and faithful in all seasons and we can trust him in this period of climate change to see us through these perils too. May we trust in the Lord at all times and give Him the glory for leading us in triumphant victories in the Lord Jesus Christ everywhere. Let us continue to pray that Congress will act on all the gun violence and mental health disorders with the Red Flag laws.

  • #For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus because he would not spend time in Asia: for he hasted if it were possible for him to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. And from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the Church. Acts 20:16,17

    Paul had considered the trials he suffered at Ephesus and had determined to sail by Ephesus because he would not want to spend time in Asia: so he hasted to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. How beautiful it is when brothers dwell together in unity, so he decided to call from Miletus for the elders of the Church. This was common for the bishops or no otherwise different from the rector of a parish and his curates. Pentecost is very important to commemorate as it was the birth of the Church and Paul wanted to glorify God for establishing the churches in Ephesus. Pentecost was therefore the greatest concourse of the people. We need to get back to that today as the churches seem to celebrate everything but Pentecost now and God must be glorified in the Church by our coming together by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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