Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1

Acts 1:20  For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

21  Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22  Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

23  And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

24  And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

25  That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

26  And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

The disciples knew that the bible said to let someone else take the place of Judas.

Psalms 109:6  Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. 7  When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 8  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

The disciples were choosing men who had see the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Of those they chose Justus and Matthias. Then they cast lots for one to take the place of the late Judas. Casting lots was done with a bag of rocks, some were black and one was white. They would reach in the bag and take out a rock. Whoever got the white rock was chosen. Matthias was chosen.

What they did not know was the Apostle Paul was chosen as one born out of due time. He had seen the resurrected Lord.

Paul wrote: 2 Corinthians 12:2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

Instead, they chose Matthias before they were filled with the promise of the father. That happened in Acts chapter two. We will see that.

The point of this devotion is this: Don’t move, don’t make choices without the approval of the Lord. When you make a decision in life, you should always compare it to the word of God. The word of God what God has given us for all of our faith and practice.

James 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Psalms 119:105  ¶NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119 is a Psalm dedicated to the word of God; you will do well in reading it.

The word of God will always be confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The first choice is to trust Jesus as your lord and Saviour and then follow Him.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook