This picture is a Google Earth view showing the terrain as it is today in Greece, but what used to be called the area of Macedonia in the Bible times. However, I have marked out the locations of the cities that existed when Paul traveled through Macedonia in Acts 16 and 17. In the Bible we can read his letters written back to the church in two of these cities after he had visited them. The first two are to the “church of the Thessalonians” and one letter to “all the saints who are at Philippi.” You can use this map to visualize where Paul and his companions were located while you read Acts 16:11 — 17:15. Also, more details and truths are given as you read the epistles of I & II Thessalonians and Philippians.
Paul and his companions began by landing at Neapolis in the top right corner of this map. After traveling through the area, Paul left from the coast after teaching in Berea. I traced a line in orange which is only approximate of the path Paul that may have traveled. From this satellite view, you can see the urban area where Thessalonica used to be located (today it is called Thessaloniki). Also you can see how the lower valleys are used for agriculture, while the mountains are less inhabited and less traveled. This area is the first recorded place where the Word of God of the New Testament moved from the Eastern world to the West.
I wanted to share a scripture with you that blessed me and healed me the other day. I have been having so many frustrating physical issues these last 6 weeks or so, I was getting pretty discouraged at my slow progress. Then a scripture popped into my head one morning about Abraham and those verses in Romans about him believing that God was able to perform what He promises.
So I grabbed my Bible and looked it up in the NASB because that has been my go-to Bible lately. And reading it in a different version….OMG, it knocked my socks off! I had never really understood these verses completely…a little gray. But this just hit my heart and healed my heart. I guess some may argue that this version is not accurate here but all I know is it hit me right where I needed it.
H-O-W to believe God even when the circumstances suck your brain 🙂
NASB Romans 4:19,20
Abraham didn’t falter in his trust in God’s promise because of the obvious reality of his and Sarah’s age! He saw it. He knew it. He wasn’t pretending that it wasn’t true! But it didn’t weaken his trust in God, instead he continued to grow in his trust to God and he gave glory to God!
I know what God’s will is for His kid’s and how He is the God that heals. So instead of focusing on how I feel and what is happening with my body, I just chill and keep my focus on who God is and what is available and KNOW that God is able to perform His promises. Discouragement weakens believing. Don’t want that!!
It blessed my heart.
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