John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

Acts 21:4

October 16, 2018

And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit, they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.

A most difficult passage for there is no doubt that Paul was going to Jerusalem in response to the Spirit's leading. (cf Acts 19:21, 20:22) The Spirit cannot, absolutely cannot tell me, yea and someone else, nay. However, He can use you to warn me that there is a very rocky road ahead and that I need to be firm in my resolve to be obedient.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 98

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 24

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Acts 20:28-30

October 15, 2018

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

Paul, in the previous ten verses, summarized his ministry to the Ephesians with emphasis on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now he turns to necessary instructions to the elders of the church and us today as he warns against fierce wolves for the outside and individuals from within who have twisted the Scriptures.

We need to clothe ourselves in the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18) and be fervent in prayer to ensure that we are diligent in our ministries, being always careful to preach and teach the full Gospel, not some adulterated and twisted version that tickles itching ears. (2 Tim. 4:3)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 97

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 34

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Psalm 119:17-18

October 14, 2018

Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.

Oh, You do deal bountifully, Lord, You do open my eyes to the wondrous things that result from Your law. You give me the blessing of seeing lives transformed, spirits and bodies healed, new lives being created in You. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 96

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 22

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Acts 20:22-23

October 13, 2018

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.

A chapter later, I found that Paul was aware that his call was not to be a pleasure-stroll through pleasant flower meadows, but was to be an arduous witness to the power of the Cross. His resolve, his commitment to being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit was unswerving. He knew full well that imprisonment and afflictions were not to be lightly regarded, but he was called to press on in obedience. Likewise, so am I.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 95

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 21

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Acts 19:21

October 12, 2018

Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”

He set no conditions, a simple acceptance of the Spirit's direction was sufficient. Would that I would learn that lesson—if the Spirit opens a door, I am to walk through and be His Ambassador of Reconciliation.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 94

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 20

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Acts 19:1-6

October 11, 2018

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John's baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.

The key to understanding this passage lies in the word "believe". Those Ephesians believed in John's statement that they were to believe in the one to come after him and their baptism was a public commitment to that belief. However, Paul introduced them to the One whom John prophecied, the Lord Jesus Christ and they were baptized in His Name. This is a crucial shift in commitment.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 93

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 19

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Acts 16:6-10

October 10, 2018

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

A great example to study and meditate upon. Just because an idea occurs to me does not mean that it is of the LORD. There is nothing in the story that any answer to the questions regarding how the Holy Spirit forbade Paul and his companions from ministering in Asia or how He did not allow them to go into Bithynia, but He did.

The lesson to me is that I need to become a Berean in examing my thoughts and proposals. Is this really of the LORD? Is it supported by Scripture? Do I find confirming fleeces? Sometimes waiting on the LORD will result in another door opening; a door that I never suspected existed; my own call to Macedonia.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 92

Mid-day: 119:169-176

Evening: Psalm 18

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Acts 15:28-29

October 9, 2018

For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

James, with wisdom guided by the Holy Spirit, presented a simple set of requirements, not requirements to be saved but four simple ways of demonstrating to the world around them that a transformation has taken place. Abstaining from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, and meat that had been strangled and avoiding sexual immorality was very significant in that day and age. What are four significant demonstrations of our transformation in today's society?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 91

Mid-day: 119:161-168

Evening: Psalm 17

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Acts 15:7-11

October 8, 2018

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between them and us, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."

Peter recognized that the appropriate time for the Holy Spirit to impose conditions for salvation upon the Gentiles was at Caesarea when the Gospel was first given to Cornelius and his men. No, very simple: “that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43) No seal of the covenant by circumcision or any other rule, only believe and you will be saved.

We need to be as observant and faithful today. Works do not enter into our salvation, but only as a result of our transformation.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 90

Mid-day: 119:153-160

Evening: Psalm 16

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Psalm 119:15-16

October 7, 2018

I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

I will -- it is an intentional decision, not a casual whim. I will -- it is an oath, a promise. I will -- it is a way of life. I will meditate! I will fix my eyes! I will delight! I will not forget! I will seek Your face! I will seek Your Kingdom! I will obey Your commandments! For I am Your child, redeemed by Your blood, transformed by the Holy Spirit; I am a new man in You.

Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 89

Mid-day: 119:145-152

Evening: Psalm 15

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Acts 13:47-52

October 6, 2018

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Why were the disciples filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit? I can see two reasons here, and both are a sound instruction to me. The first is the Word of the Lord was spreading throughout the region. Their trip had not been in vain, Gentiles were believing. They heard the massive celebrations in Heaven for each sinner who believed.

The second is that as with Peter and John earlier, they had been seen as fit to suffer for the sake of their Lord.

When was the last time I was filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit because the Spirit had used me to bring one more soul into heaven?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 88

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 14

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Acts 13:6-10

October 5, 2018

When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?

Filled with the Spirit—Armed, loaded, cocked, all that is left is aim and fire. That is the condition that I am in as a child of the living God; I need only the boldness, the willingness to aim and fire. What has dulled this sense of the immediacy of the Spirit to send a Word caliber bullet straight into the heart of an unbeliever? Do I want to be liked by this world more than I want to hear that "Well done, thou good and faithful servant"? I am ashamed to admit it must be so.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 87

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 13

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