THE UPPER ROOM
The Youth Gathering Place!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
So many times I have read this verse. So many times it has given me peace, but just yesterday I realized something new........."I will give you rest." We just need to go to God and HE will GIVE us rest. It will come....just go to Him. He gives the rest, the peace, shalom. We don’t have to work for it, just go to Him.
May God bless you today as you go to Him and trust Him.
We are having awesome, spirit-filled discussions in the Upper Room. So please come to the Upper Room, bring your friends, and let us learn more how to live out the Word of God in every moment of our lives.
Rick & Sheryl Gudgeon
Read Job 22:1 through 24:25; Acts 5:21–42
June 30 is Meteor Watch Day in the United States, a time for stargazers to celebrate space debris that streaks across the night sky. June is also Turkey Lovers Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, Candy Month, and Fight the Filthy Fly Month. However, the apostles found something better to rejoice over.
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name (Acts 5:41).
At first glance, the apostles’ experience in Acts 5 seems like a strange cause for celebration. Why would anyone rejoice after being imprisoned and beaten? They may have recalled Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:11–12, Jesus said His followers should rejoice and be glad when people persecute them for their faith. In such times, they can cling to the assurance that God will ultimately bless and reward them.
When Christians look at their circumstances from an eternal perspective, every day with Jesus is a reason to celebrate. Even in tough times, you can be sure God will strengthen and care for you.
Challenge for Today: Take time to celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout the day.
Quicklook: Acts 5:32–42
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