Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Acts 23-25

Paul is a troublemaker for the Jewish leaders in Acts 23-25.  He is brought to trial, in fact.  His accusers are confident the truth about Paul will prove his guilt.  Paul, in their opinion, is wrongly turning their laws upside down. The truth (even though Paul does jail time) sets him free.  Those who hear Paul's side of the story have a hard time finding any guilt.  And in trying to quiet Paul's voice, even more people are drawn to his story.  He continues to win hearts for our Savior.

How does he do it?  How does Paul stand all the trials he faces?  

It's his faith.  I watch him.  I listen to his words.  He is both courageous and humble for Jesus.  He isn't afraid to admit mistakes along the way (like when he insults and threatens the high priest).  He relates to people, finding common ground and strength in his weaknesses.  

14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestorsas a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

Paul bravely owns his faith.  He is on a personal mission for the God that saved Him.  As a result, God is with him in all that he does.  

It makes me think.  Where and how do I need to own my faith?  Where is God asking me to go with and for him?  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for the Christian example I have in Paul.  I pray You will be with me in all that I do.  I need You, Lord.  Bless me with your mercy and favor.  Strengthen my faith through my relationships with others.  Help me find and know your way for my day to day life.  Give me the courage and the words to share the stories of your wonderful works long ago and now.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,

Love and prayers,

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