Bible Focus Verse/Intro
When he [Barnabas] arrived [at the church in Antioch], and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:23–24 (NLT)
Fuel for Thought: What visible, tangible “evidence of God’s blessing” is seen in you?
Think deeply about the work that the Holy Spirit has to do in you. If you’re a child of God, God has chosen to reveal the love of Jesus in your heart and mind. Humble your heart and mind therefore that it might be shaped by Christ. The Bible pictures our faith as a work of God: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5:11 (NIV)