26 October 2013

Paul: One gutsy guy

Scripture: Acts 24-26 NKJV

Observation: Paul stood before one and all . . . and witnessed of Jesus. In a time and place where Jesus wasn't recognized or revered, to people that he had worshipped God with nearly all his life. How hard must that have been? To be called apostate? Blasphemer? And yet, he was ready to ditch it all--even his life--to testify of his visitation, of his knowledge, of his joy.

Application: I wonder how we would do, in our day, if faced with something similar? We're surrounded by unbelievers . . . so there are plenty of chances for God to put us in the way of someone who needs our testimony. The specific nature of John's speaking up to the Sanhedrin is what really got my attention, though. I wonder if there will come a day when the humble followers of Christ will face something similar.

Prayer: Lord, grant me strength. Grant me courage. Fill me with You such that that's all others can see, feel, or hear. I will let go of all of the petty, mortal things, and hold only to You.  Please, Lord, so me how to better do so every day. In Jesus' name, amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!