Personal Devotions

Chapter 30: Paul’s Final Days

Day One – Heading into Trouble
Today’s reading:
Page 439 through break on page 447
This reading covers: Acts 20-22
Summary:
Paul went to Jerusalem because God sent him there
Consider this: How would you define faith? Some use the term “blind faith”. In what ways does faith seem blind? In what ways is faith not blind at all? What are some areas of your life where you consistently rely on faith? What evidence do see throughout the Bible that God has been trustworthy to His people? What evidence do you have that reminds you that God has trustworthy in your life? How will the evidence of God’s faithfulness in the past influence how you approach this day?
For further reading: Hebrews 11
Prayer: Father, You never ask me to do anything that You are not willing to do with me. I am grateful I do not live this life alone. Thank You for Your presence as I walk the journey of faith here on earth. Give me the confidence and faith to be certain that what You have in store for me is exactly what I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Day Two – God’s Grace
Today’s reading:
Break on page 447 through break on page 456
This reading covers: Acts 27-28; Ephesians 1-6
Summary: While in prison, Paul shared God’s incredible grace.
Consider this: What were Paul’s values, goals, and priorities before his encounter with Christ? In what ways could you argue Paul had earned God’s favor? In what ways could you argue he had earned God’s disfavor? On what basis did Paul argue he had received God’s favor? How is this similar with what you have received from God?
For further reading: Galatians 2:20-21; Ephesians 1:3-10; Ephesians 2:1-10; Hebrews 4:15-16
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for sending Jesus. Because of Him I can approach Your throne of grace with confidence, to receive mercy from You, and grace to help me in my time of need. I deserve neither, and yet You give me both. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Day Three – Faithful Until the End
Today’s reading:
Break on page 456 through end of chapter
This reading covers: 2 Timothy 1-4
Summary: Paul encouraged the next generation of Christian leaders until the end
Consider this: Paul was a zealous unbeliever, who became a zealous believer. What analogies did Paul use describe the process of becoming like Christ? If we are to train with the discipline of an Olympic champion, what would that look like in your spiritual life? In what one area do you need add more emphasis in your training regimen?
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 4:13; Hebrews 13:7; Hebrews 6:12; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the example of men like Paul, who were faithful to the end. Thank you for the example of all the saints who have strengthened my faith in my journey. Help me remain faithful to the end. Help me be a faithful example for someone else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.