Tag: Acts 23:9-11

Not afraid of ‘bad news’!

Scripture reading for June 5th:  Acts 23, Psalm 112, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  Acts 23:9-11  “Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man.  What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?”  And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.  the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”” 

Religious folks are sometimes argumentative and violent.  Paul used the religious divide between rival factions in the Jewish ruling party to give opportunity to share the Gospel.  This also got him in prison on this occasion.  But Jesus stood by Paul and gave him a word of encouragement that helped Paul stand firm and walk through the trial.

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord that You are always with me to guide me and encourage me in every trial and test.  You are always working out Your plans for Your glory and my good, encouraging me.

Psalm 112:6-7 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is fir, trusting in the Lord.”  



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God standing near us!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  Acts 23

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 23:9-11 “There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously.  “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said.  “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”  The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them.  He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.  The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage!  As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify in Rome.”

Paul, the Apostle, found himself in the middle of a religious dispute that he had started by proclaiming that he was on trial because he believed in the resurrection from the dead.  This belief in the supernatural brought conflict between the Pharisees and Sadducees that became violent.  Troops had to rescue Paul and brought him to in their barracks.  The next night, the Lord Jesus stood near Paul and encouraged him with a word of knowledge about his mission and the need for courage!  God was in control and He would take Paul where He wanted the testimony of Jesus to be shared!

Observations for over-comers:  God is faithful to His word and the promise to never leave or forsake His people!  We can count on God standing by us, even if all others forsake us!  “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones.  They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell there forever.”  (Psalm 37:28-29)


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