Unstoppable! 'The Fellowship of the Spirit' — Acts 21:4-6

Thursday, October 3, 2024

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[Paul and his companions] went ashore [in Tyre], found the local believers, and stayed with them a week. These believers prophesied through the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go on to Jerusalem. When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including women and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed, and said our farewells. Then we went aboard, and they returned home.

— Acts 21:4-6 NLT

Key Thought

Life in Jesus means living by the power of the Holy Spirit. We were born into God's family by the power of the Spirit. The Spirit leads us as we seek to live for Jesus. The presence of the Spirit within us empowers us. The Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God. We are being transformed by the Spirit to become more and more like Jesus. The Spirit will give life to our bodies and enable us to share in life together, forever. The sense that we belong to each other in Jesus is a tie that the Spirit gives us as we share being children of God. Everything we see in this short paragraph in Acts is Luke's reminder of the central importance of our fellowship in the Spirit. How important is that fellowship to me and to you?

Today's Prayer

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with [us] all."* We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus. Amen.

* Adapted from 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:1-7; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 12:12-13
  • Galatians 5:5, 16-26; Ephesians 1:16-19, 3:14-21

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Illustration of Acts 21:4-6 NLT — [Paul and his companions] went ashore [in Tyre], found the local believers, and stayed with them a week. These believers prophesied through the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go on to Jerusalem. When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including women and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed, and said our farewells. Then we went aboard, and they returned home.

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.