Persistence Overcomes Resistance

Paul’s life was in jeopardy but was taken to Governor Felix who ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.  As laid out in today’s passage Acts 24:1-27, Paul is accused by the Jewish leaders of being a troublemaker by stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He was also accused of being the ring leader of what they called the Nazarene sect and attempting to profane the temple.

Paul’s defense was that the charges against him were totally false. His first point was that he had only been in Jerusalem for a few weeks and that there was no way anyone could prove the charges against him (v. 13). The only charges against him that he did confess to was the charge of belonging to the Way which the Jewish leaders said was a sect. But Paul explained that he was simply teaching faith in Christ Jesus or the Way and he was not stirring up any trouble.

In my opinion, the problem is that Paul’s enemies were the real troublemakers. The Jewish leaders felt threatened by Paul because what he was saying made a lot of sense and the Jewish leaders thought this could put their power in jeopardy.

Paul and many early Christians went through many hardships as they laid the foundation for what we know today as Christianity. They set a foundation on which has been built a great movement that has withstood extreme opposition. Fortunately, the Lord has fought the battles and He is big enough to handle any future obstacles in the way.

This day with You Lord will be amazing because of our faith in the possibilities You give. Just like Paul who was innocent but in prison for two years, being persistent will help us overcome the obstacles we face in life. Like a stream of water, persistence will eventually cut into a rock and if we remain persistent at focusing on the possibilities You give, we can cut into and go through any obstacle in our way.

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The Week Ahead

This week, we will be sharing some thoughts from the study of Acts 24 and 25.

Below are some questions for reflection: 
Acts 24:1-27
What kind of person is Festus? What type of influence is Paul having on authorities? Can you think of instances in present times when people have been falsely accused because of their stand for the Lord?

Acts 25:1-22
What kind of person is Festus? What type of influence is Paul having on authorities? Can you think of instances in present times when people have been falsely accused because of their stand for the Lord?

Believe that God has a great plan for you.
It all starts with receiving a plan from God through faithful, consistent, and powerful prayer. Here is a video/poem to inspire you this day and throughout the week: This Day with God. 


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Strength in Prayer

This upcoming weekend, know there is strength in prayer and believe that you can do anything with God who gives you strength.

Step Ahead

The first component
of meeting a need
is going to God
who helps to proceed.

The Bible tells us
that we can always
have confidence
in our future days.

Ask for anything
according to his will
and believe He provides
the necessary skill.

Ask and it will be given;
seek and you will find;
continue to go forward
having peace of mind.

A walk with God
provides abundant joys,
gives power in life
and eternal poise.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 08-25-2016
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