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.

Romans 5:3-5

October 22, 2018

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Sufferings to endurance to character to hope. What a progression! But the exciting part of this path is that the result is not shame but is the love of God poured into me by the Holy Spirit. This love is expressed as the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Kingdom in the here and now. (Rom 10:11, 14:17)

Those in the world hope, knowing they won't, to win the Powerball. I know that my hope is a certain expectation that I am enabled to live out my life in the Kingdom of God. Now! Hallelujah!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 104

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 30

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Psalm 119:29

October 21, 2018

Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me Your law!

Lord, I have a problem. I am not able to recognize my false ways; I am self-delusional. I need Your law to expose those deeply ingrained habits and practices that lead to broken communion with You. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit who gently and graciously leads me into understanding.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 103

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 29

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Romans 2:28-29

October 20, 2018

For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but God.

I can blather all I want about what a great Christian I am but unless the Spirit has transformed my heart, the very center of my being, it is nothing but blithers. However, I find that having experienced that transformation, my soul yearns to have my Father say to me, "Well done, son." The appropriation of man becomes insignificant. What a change, but one which is still a work in process.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 102

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 28

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Romans 1:1a, 4

October 19, 2018

Christ Jesus, ...was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

The LORD, God, the Almighty, the Three-in-One declared Jesus of Nazareth to be the Son of God through the Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17), The evidence of the truth of that statement was in His resurrection from the dead. It behooves me, as one called to be His disciple, to be very familiar with both sentences; they are the linchpins of my faith.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 101

Mid-day: 119:65

Evening: Psalm 27

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Acts 28:23-28

October 18, 2018

When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: "‘Go to this people, and say, "You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive." For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears, they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."

The situation still exists today. There are those who have shut down any emotion, any spiritually directed portion of their sensory system. Their hearts have grown dull and they cannot, will not see with their eyes, or hear with their ears and they will not understand and will not allow healing. They are obstinate in their unbelief.

I need to have the Spirit directed discernment to turn to today's Gentiles, as Paul did. I need to search for those who are hungry to hear and who know that they need healing. I need to be willing to accept that I have planted a seed, now it is up to the Spirit to find someone to water and hoe.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 100

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 26

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Acts 21:10-14

October 17, 2018

While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

In this passage, the third recorded instance that Paul was warned of the dangers ahead, he was adamant in his conviction that he was serving the Spirit. One of the lessons here is that when the Spirit convicts me of a particular course, I need to be fixed in my determination to follow His leading.

Another point is in the last sentence; when someone insists that they are ready and willing to die for the name of the Lord, I need to cease my efforts to persuade them otherwise and seek to support them in advancing the Kingdom.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 99

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 25 7

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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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