31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
Acts 9:31 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 13–16
Acts 9:31 (MSG) 31 Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country—Judea, Samaria, Galilee—the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully.
Acts 9:31 (NLV) 31 Then the church through all the countries of Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace for awhile. The church was made strong and it was given comfort by the Holy Spirit. It honored the Lord. More people were added to the church.
Acts 9:31 (NIV) 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
Thoughts of Devotion:
Nothing compares to the comfort of the Holy Spirit! He is always by our side to help us, strengthen and encourage us. In difficult and challenging times his presence accompanies and assures us that everything will be fine! Even in the midst of persecution and danger the Holy Spirit continues to do his great work among us. In Acts 8: 1 says, “Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” Glory to God that in the midst of everything the Holy Spirit is present!
Today we must be confident and secure in the midst of all that is happening to us. We have the example of the church in the Book of Acts. They continued to grow and flourish despite the persecution they were experiencing. Instead of decreasing numerically, they were multiplying and growing in a supernatural way. In Acts 16:5, it tells us, “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.” This was only possible by the Holy Spirit. His presence gave comfort and strength to all those who were under the pursuit and attack the enemy.
Today, are you going through an enemy attack? Do you think no one understands you? There is someone who does understand you, and you can strengthen yourself in a unique way, it is the person of the Holy Spirit! He promises to be with us in every situation we are going through. Jesus promised us in John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” We have another Comforter, the Holy Spirit! He wants to comfort us in the midst of pain and difficulty. For nothing is impossible, its strength is unique. All it takes is to receive from Him, is to take time of fellowship in His presence!
Acts 8:1 (NKJV) ― 8 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts 16:5 (NKJV) ― 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
John 14:16 (NKJV) ― 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
1 Corinthians 14:3 (NKJV) ― 3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
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